Would you like to become a contributor to the Project? Volunteers have always been of great importance in enabling the IGNTP to process a large volume of material. To contact us, use the link at the bottom of the page.


If you have some basic knowledge of biblical Greek and palaeography and an interest in New Testament manuscripts, you could join our team of volunteer transcribers.

We can provide you with all the information you will need and a base text. We are also able to offer email support as you learn: good communication is crucial in a large project like this, and something that we pride ourselves on! 

We are now able to use a specially developed web-based portal for making transcriptions in unicode of New Testament manuscripts. In conjunction with INTF, we have developed a complete set of Guidelines for the Transcription of Manuscripts and an online tutorial for transcribing Greek minuscule manuscripts. These can be downloaded from the documents page.


What’s the benefit of transcribing? Read these testimonials from volunteer transcribers about their reasons for and experience of transcribing:

Analysing Biblical Quotations

One of the tasks in preparing the Editio Critica Maior is to connect the text of biblical quotations with the direct tradition of biblical manuscripts. This work requires excellent command of Greek and an understanding of how quotations may represent the biblical text. At present, this work is being undertaken for John, and suitably qualified volunteers are being sought to assist with this. The work is done entirely online.

If you are interested in participating in this activity, please contact Hugh Houghton in the first instance.

Manuscript Access

Amy Anderson showing her students a manuscript

There are over 5,000 manuscripts of the New Testament. While we often try to see these actual manuscripts (always if they are important or hard to read), it would consume immense time and money to travel the world to visit all the holding libraries, museums, and monasteries. So we access most of them on microfilm or digital images.

One of IGNTP’s needs is to gain access to additional New Testament manuscripts by purchasing images from holding institutions, as well as improve the usability of our current collection by scanning microfilm into digital format. We are also keen to explore the possibility of making fresh digitizations of New Testament manuscripts with holding institutions.

If you are interested in helping us gain access to manuscripts, please contact Hugh Houghton in the UK or Bruce Morrill in the USA.

A student of Amy Anderson's working on transcriptions

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