Scribal Methods and Materials



Bibles were not always made the way that they are today. Through this series, Dr. Daniel B. Wallace of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) will discuss the methods and materials of the early scribes up to the establishment of the printing press and beyond.




What Did the Ancient Scribes Write With?, Part 1: Ink


Dr. Daniel B. Wallace of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) talks about the nature of materials used in New Testament manuscripts. The ink used on manuscripts varied with the surface being written on, and in later manuscripts ink became more important in the artistic adornment of the text.




What Did the Ancient Scribes Write With?, Part 2: Writing Instruments


Many do not know that there has been a development of writing instruments used throughout the history of the transmission of the New Testament. Dr. Daniel B. Wallace of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) traces the development of writing instruments from the humble origins of reed pens all the way to the history changing creation of the printing press.




What Did the Ancient Scribes Write With?, Part 2: Writing Instruments