Preserving God's Word through modern technology
Jesus commended the rabbis of his time for their diligent study of God's word. Jesus said,
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me. John 5:39.1
God's word is important because it is the source of salvation and points us to the Savior. Our Bibles are translations based on ancient documents that are stored in museums around the world. Unfortunately, the average person does not have access to these documents. Fortunately, however, God has raised up a man who is currently traveling the world in search of these ancient documents in order to preserve them and make them accessible through digital photographs.
Dr. Daniel B. Wallace is a well-known Bible scholar and professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. Wallace has also founded the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. A New Testament manuscript is a written document--usually written on parchment or papyrus--that has the text of one or more books of the New Testament. We have over five thousand of these manuscripts. The most important manuscripts are the oldest. Since we no longer have any original writings of Jesus' apostles, the oldest manuscripts are the most important because, it's believed, that the oldest are the most reliable copies of the actual, original writings of Jesus' apostles. Daniel Wallace's Center for the Study of the New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) is involved in making digital photographs of every Greek New Testament manuscript in the world and making these photographs available on the internet. Daniel Wallace and his team of photographers have visited over forty institutions where New Testament manuscripts are stored. Some of these places include the National Library of Greece where thousands of New Testament manuscripts are housed. They have digitized all the papyri at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland, many manuscripts in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence Italy, and important manuscripts housed at the Vatican Library.
To put into perspective what CSNTM is doing think about animals that are on the endangered species list. The World Wildlife Foundation reports that global populations of animal species have declined by 58% since 1970. Some species are literally disappearing forever. Thankfully, in the world of ancient manuscripts, the most important manuscripts of the Bible are protected in museums, but because they are so precious, we don't have access to them. They are hidden away and kept from public view. The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts is able to get permission to take digital photographs of these precious documents and make the photographs available to everyone. You can view these photographs on their website at: www.csntm.org.
Remember Jesus' words: "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me."
Being diligent to study God's Word,
Pastor Steve LorenzFebruary 27th, 2018
1John 5:39; THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. All other references to the Bible are from the NIV.
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