Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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John W. Welch, John F. Hall, projects, book, BYU


25 September 2002: BYU professors John W.Welch (law) and John F. Hall (classics) reported on projects involving the Institute’s Early Christianity Initiative.Welch spoke of a presentation he gave in Berlin to the International Society of Biblical Literature in which he showed the results of an Institute team’s digital imaging of a dozen early New Testament manuscripts. He also described imaging projects involving (1) a large collection of early manuscripts damaged during World War II (among them are eighth- and ninth-century copies of the Pauline epistles, including a rare copy of an apocryphal epistle of Paul to the Laodiceans); and (2) the Freer collection of biblical codices held in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.Welch and Hall then showcased their latest publication, Charting the New Testament, a book designed to illuminate the historical and cultural backgrounds and other interesting aspects of the New Testament.