We’ve all seen the PR for this online manuscript, which has even caused the servers to crash, although it is back now. The PR has been very well managed, and it can only be a good thing that more interest is being generated in online manuscripts. The announcement of more manuscripts at the Virtual Manuscript Room at Birmingham is well-timed.
I learn that the British Library is now beginning a pilot project to place some 250 Greek manuscripts online. The project will be led by Juan Garces, who has been involved in the Sinaiticus project. Clearly success begets success, and we can only hope that this marks the beginning of the end of the long hostility of the British Library to putting material on the internet.
Philip Comfort’s book Encountering the Manuscripts – about New Testament manuscripts, including Sinaiticus – should be selling very well just now!