Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Folio: Bulletin of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center of the Claremont School of Theology

From the mission statement page:

For over 3,000 years, scribes copied the texts of the Bible from manuscript to manuscript by hand. No scribe, no matter how committed, diligent, or unbiased, produced an error-free copy. Indeed, many scribes felt compelled to change the text in accordance with their own theological traditions.

Since significant differences exist among all Biblical manuscripts, today each surviving manuscript represents a unique witness that must be studied in comparison with others. Unfortunately, extant manuscripts are scattered around the world, and geographical, financial, and political barriers hinder scholarly access.

The ABMC serves as an archive for accurate copies of original source materials of the Jewish and Christian Bibles. The mission of the ABMC is two-fold: preservation and research. Above all, the ABMC seeks to foster greater accuracy in textual work on the Bible.

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