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Alan Bunning Welcome to the Center for New Testament Restoration (CNTR). One of the purposes of the CNTR is to apply a scientific approach to the age old question, “What was the original text of the New Testament?” For so long, the early Greek New Testament has been obfuscated from the average Christian because of incomplete data, restricted access, financial cost, biased scholarship, and educational barriers. The mission of the CNTR is to provide free, accessible, accurate electronic Greek texts and materials to encourage Christians to directly interact with the extant manuscripts of the Greek New Testament. A complete description of this project and its future goals are explained in the Project Description located under the Resources tab.


With the completion its first major milestone, the CNTR has now released digital transcriptions of almost every known extant Greek manuscript containing portions of the New Testament up to year 400 AD, which some have considered to be the “holy grail” of textual criticism. The format of the transcriptions are discussed in the Manuscript Standards located under the Resources tab. The CNTR database now contains a total of 184 witnesses recorded on 172 extant sources in a database containing over 1.5 million words. If you know of any other Greek New Testament source dated before 400 AD, please contact the CNTR so that it might be included.


The beta version of this project is currently intended for review purposes only and thus redistribution is prohibited for now until all of the bugs have been worked out of the system. Please contact the CNTR to report any errors or discrepancies that you may find. The collation of manuscripts located on the Manuscripts tab is computer generated and thus the words do not always line up as one might expect. The CNTR is currently looking to establish a partnership with a Christian college or university to house this project and continue its research.


This website works best with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer 9 or above. If the manuscripts do not appear to be using Koine Greek characters, please download the free KoineGreek font located under the Resources tab.