Georgia, Greece, and Germany

The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) completed three digitization projects in the summer of 2018. First, a team traveled to Tbilisi, Georgia to digitize five manuscripts housed at the National Centre of Manuscripts. Foremost among these manuscripts was Codex Koridethi (Θ), a 9th century majuscule manuscript of the Gospels, but also early majuscules 0211 and 0240 of the Gospels and Paul, respectively. The latter of these is a palimpsest and required digitization with our multispectral imaging equipment. Alongside these three manuscripts, two lectionaries were also digitized.

MSI Digitizing in Tbilisi

From Georgia, the team traveled to Greece to hold meetings but also to digitize the 12th–13th century minuscule of the Gospels at the Byzantine Museum of Ioannina.

Finally, the team moved on to Heidelberg, Germany to digitize manuscripts at the University of Heidelberg's Institute for Papyrology. Once again, the multispectral imaging camera was used to capture images of three very early manuscripts: P40, 0149, and 0166. These three manuscripts contain portions of the Gospels, Acts, and Paul and date from the 3rd–6th centuries.


We are very grateful for the cooperation of these three institutions in the task of digitally preserving these ancient copies of the New Testament text. We would like to especially thank Director Zaza Abashidze and the staff of the National Centre of Manuscripts, Konstantinos Soueref and the Byzantine Museum's staff, and Prof Dr Andrea Jördens and the staff at the Institute for Papyrology.

As always, the images of the manuscripts are available for free in our online library.