The project team will use digital tools to undertake the most thorough analysis of the manuscripts ever carried out. The research will also produce a complete list of surviving types of New Testament catenae, a database of extracts to examine their principles of organisation and relationships, and electronic transcriptions that will help determine their role in the transmission of the core texts.
The project released its first checklist of Greek New Testament manuscripts which contain commentary on the biblical text in August 2018. This comprises 646 items in the form of an Excel spreadsheet, including 50 new witnesses not included in the preliminary checklist published in 2016. Thirty-five of these manuscripts are not listed in the standard register of Greek New Testament maucsripts, the Kurzgefasste Liste. Updates to this checklist will be released in due course, and a formal catalogue published by the project.
The project has also identified four new manuscript witnesses to the Greek New Testament held by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria. One of them is a tenth-century gospel catena manuscript, which has been allocated the number GA 2937. The others are three lectionaries, copied between the tenth and sixteenth century, which have been added to the Kurzgefasste Liste as L2477, L2478 and L2479. News of the discovery has been released on the NT.VMR blog. A full description of the manuscripts, with illustrations, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Theological Studies. It will also be made available on the University of Birmingham Institutional Research Archive.
Further details of the project will be posted here as it progresses.