The H. Milton Haggard Center for New Testament Textual Studies (HCNTTS) is a research center on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary devoted to the study of the Greek New Testament text. Founded in 1998, the Center has become one of the premier settings worldwide for studying the Greek New Testament text.
Our resources make for a world-class study environement
Our Manuscript Collections
The holdings and accessible manuscripts of the Center include:
- More than 900 New Testament manuscripts in digital, facsimile, edition, or microfilm forms,
- Access through collaborative agreements and loans to nearly 1,000 additional manuscripts in microfilm form,
- A resident reference library in the area of New Testament textual studies from the NOBTS John T. Christian Library,
As funding allows and based upon the needs in the field, the Center works to increase access to New Testament manuscript data through the filming of manuscripts as well as on-site collations of manuscripts in settings not open to filming.
Our Research Facilities
The Center is located on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in the Hardin Student Center. Current facilities include:
- Several research stations and a study area
- A reference library of major text-critical works
- A collection of manuscripts in digital, microfilm, facsimile, and hard-copy forms as well as services for acquiring manuscripts by loan
- A microfilm reader-copier for examining and copying the microfilms
- A database of manuscript evidence compiled by the staff of the HCNTTS
A short history of the Center
The H. Milton Haggard Center for New Testament Textual Studies was founded in 1998 as a research center under the umbrella of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The Center was the outgrowth of work in the area of New Testament textual criticism done by Dr. Bill Warren and housed in his office prior to the Center. In the summer of 1998, the vision gained permanence when Dr. Charles Kelley, the President of NOBTS, gave approval for the starting of the Center and granted space for the facility. The facility was furnished by the seminary and funds were supplied for the acquisition of microfilms in order to expand the manuscript collection.
A Growing Staff
In 1999, the first research assistant was employed in the Center, Dr. Jin Sup Ahn, who was a Ph.D. student in New Testament at that time. He worked 5 hours per week in the Center at first, then as funding became available expanded to 20 hours per week. Bob Cole, another NOBTS student, became the first full-time researcher in the Center in September 1999. Currently, in addition to the director and a full-time secretary, several work in the Center as researchers, with work time varying anywhere from 10 to 30 hours per week.
A Major Milestone Completed
In 2010, the Center reached a milestone with the completion of the world’s first comprehensive searchable, electronic database of variants in the entire New Testament. The database has been used as a module for Accordance Bible Software and will be available on BibleWorks Software in the future. 2010 also marked the beginning of a new project: an English-based exegetical commentary on selected variants found in the Greek New Testament. Other projects include the creation of replica New Testament papyri for the purposes of study and display, as well as collaboration with the indexing of manuscripts for the Virtual Manuscript Room of the INTF.
Opportunities to learn & study
The Center provides opportunities for the study of the New Testament text for visiting scholars and students as well as for NOBTS students. Visiting scholars and students should contact Dr. Bill Warren to arrange for study in the Center or for workshops and pracitica on textual criticism, manuscript analysis, and paleography.
Through the Center, NOBTS students can engage in advanced supervised study in the field of New Testament Textual Criticism on the Masters and Ph.D. levels, including participating in the following:
- Collation of Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, thereby making the information from these manuscripts available to the larger field of scholarship,
- Engaging in the study of the textual relationships of the New Testament manuscripts based upon first-hand knowledge of the manuscripts and current analysis methods,
- Participating in the current projects at the Center.
Our long- & short-term goals
- To inspire a new generation of scholars dedicated to the serious study of the New Testament Greek text,
- To provide a location housing a collection of New Testament manuscripts accessible both on-site and through collaboration that can facilitate collations and relationship studies on the New Testament text,
- To develop aids for those working in the field of New Testament textual criticism,
- To cooperate with ventures in the field of New Testament textual criticism,
- To work with current efforts in the field of New Testament textual studies in order to provide access to texts and textual data as feasible,
- To aid in the integration of technology with the study of New Testament manuscripts and the task of collating manuscripts,
- To advance the possibilities of NOBTS students along with visiting scholars and students to engage in intensive study of the New Testament text and the field of New Testament textual criticism.