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Digital Tools for Working with New Testament Manuscripts

Garrick V. Allen
Published Online: 2019-05-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2019-0002

Abstract

This article critically examines the functionalities and significance of three prominent digital tools that have become central to the study of Greek New Testament manuscripts. The design, functionalities, and significance of the New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room (NTVMR), the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) digital library, and the Pinakes database have a hand in shaping the research questions of the field. As such, it is important to understand what these tools do, how they function, and how they might develop further to address the needs of the field. The analysis of these tools leads to fundamental questions about using digital representations as proxies for primary sources, challenges for managing the materiality of artefactual and digital objects, the collaborative nature of digital scholarship, and the implicit interpretations of the Greek New Testament tradition inherent in digital workspaces.

Keywords: Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts; Digital Images; Digital Workspaces; Manuscripts; New Testament; Pinakes

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About the article

Received: 2019-01-31

Accepted: 2019-03-12

Published Online: 2019-05-22


Citation Information: Open Theology, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 13–28, ISSN (Online) 2300-6579, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2019-0002.

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