Jim West tweeted a notice about these videos from Dan Wallace’s Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscript project. I happened to notice that the Center is listed in the iTunesU opening screen this week, hopefully this will generate some interest in the work CSNTM is doing.
Open iTunes and select “powersearch.” Change the box from “all results” to “iTunesU” and enter “Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts.” the abbreviation CSNTM does not work. There are twenty free videos from the Center on various Textual Critical issues. You can click on the word “free” or subscribe to the collection. The videos are short, as little as 3 minutes, as long as 18 minutes. There are six categories, each with a few videos:
- The Basics of New Testament Textual Criticism (10 videos)
- Pioneers of the Trade (2 videos)
- Disputed New Testament Passages (2 videos)
- Famous Manuscripts and the Stories Behind Them (2 videos)
- Scribal Methods and Materials (2 videos)
- An Insider’s Look into the Work of CSNTM (2 videos)
I watched the short video (5:45) on the “Discovery of p52″ in the “Famous Manuscripts” collection. The file is 202MB so plan on taking a few minutes to download the longer videos. There is no streaming option, but I prefer to have the fine on my computer or iPad anyway. The production is very good, alternating between Wallace’s explanation and power-point like screens. I am a bit annoyed by the piano music in the background, but otherwise this is a very informative video for both laymen and scholar.
I plan on using some of these videos in by Greek classes.