Verbum 9 Tip 8aj: Faceted interactives: Manuscript Explorers

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Manuscript explorers

Verbum offers reference data on three Bible manuscript types:

  • Hebrew Bible documented internally in Brannan, Rick, ed. Hebrew Bible Manuscript Explorer. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015.
  • Greek New Testament documented internnally in Brannan, Rick, ed. New Testament Manuscript Explorer. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015.
  • Greek Old Testament (Septuagint) documented internally in Brannan, Rick, ed. Septuagint Manuscript Explorer. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2015.

Notably missing are:

  • Syriac Bible (primarily the Peshitta)
  • Latin Bible (Vetus Latina and Vulgate)

For most of us, the primary purpose of these interactives is to provide basic information about a manuscript referenced in a commentary or academic work.  The data usually drills down to links to web sites with images of the texts. These links range from wikimedia commons to academic research sites. Note that a title is marked as locked on two conditions:

  1. The resource is not owned
  2. The resource is owned but not downloaded on this device

In all cases the facets may be shown either by count as is traditional or alphabetically as is required when there is no search function.

Note the tag “available in Logos” which implies either a facsimile or a transcription is available in the Faithlife catalogue.

Hebrew Bible manuscript explorer

P19-1 Hebrew Interactive
P19-1 Hebrew Interactive

 

Facets:

Data columns:

Contents

Group

Date

Language

Script

Tags

Holding institutions

Lock status

Title

Contents

Date

Group

Data expansion:

Language

Contents

Online manuscript

Holding institutions

Note that the link for online manuscript takes one to Wikimedia commons which again has links not only to high resolution images but also to a transcription project.

P19-2 Wikimedia

This contrasts to the Nash papyrus at the University of Cambridge site which is oriented towards scholars – obtaining rights to the document contents, standardized input formats for academic tools . . .

P19-3 Cambridge

The holding institution for the Aleppo Codex lacks a live link. For the Nash papyrus, the link is to the Cambridge University Library.

P19-4 Library

New Testament manuscript explorer

This manuscript explorer is tied closely to the Institute for New Testament Textual Research, making it a bit more cohesive than the Hebrew Bible Manuscript explorer.

P19-5 GNT

 

Facets:

Data columns:

Type

Contents

Textual categories

Date

NTVMR coverage

Language

Tags

Holding institutions

Lock status

Title

Type

Contents

Date

Language

Textual categories

Data expansion:

Gregory-Aland identifier

Contents

NTVMR coverage

NTVMR manuscript

Dimensions

Leaves

Columns

Lines

Holding institutions

NTVMR is the virtual manuscript reading room.

In this case, the manuscript link opens an academic site that requests a login.

P19-6 Sign In GNT

The holding institution takes one to the museum site.

P19-9 Vatican

Septuagint manuscript explorer

P19-8 LXX

 

Facets:

Data columns:

Contents

Rahlfs group

Date

Language

Tags

Holding institutions

Title

Contents

Date

Rahlfs group

Data expansion:

Rahlfs number

Language

Contents

Holding institutions

 Here the holding institution link is to the Vatican Apostolic Library which has been making a push to digitalize their manuscripts. There is no explicit manuscript link in the interactive.

P19-9 Vatican

In short, these interactives offer basic information with portals (links) into a wide variety of site which the user must learn to navigate on their own. Verbum does not offer a list of all the sites much less train to train you in their vocabulary and features.

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