Fifth Lecture: The New Testament of the Future

David C. Parker

in Textual Scholarship and the Making of the New Testament

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199657810
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744860 | DOI:
Fifth Lecture: The New Testament of the Future

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This chapter discusses the way in which textual scholarship and editions are changing in the digital age. It discussed the tools which are now being made, including databases and online editions. It then moves on to mass digitization, discussing institutional collections and logical collections, and the Virtual Manuscript Room. The impact of mass digitization on research is explored, in particular with regard to electronic transcriptions. Several examples are taken. First the Codex Sinaiticus Project is described, along with its impact. Then the website NT Transcripts. Further possibilities, including the baseless collation, and developing interaction between different kinds of metadata to produce an enriched edition, are discussed. The features of a possible future edition are described, and then the main themes of the book are reiterated and some general conclusions drawn.

Keywords: databases; online editions; mass digitization; institutional collections; logical collections; virtual manuscript room; electronic transcriptions; codex sinaiticus project; NT transcripts; baseless collation

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Subjects: Biblical Studies

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