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The AI Critical New Testament

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Preface to the AI Critical New Testament (AICNT)

The AI Critical New Testament (AICNT) is a critical English edition carefully compiled to indicate the text of the earliest manuscripts in contrast to later changes and in reference to Greek critical editions. The AICNT provides readers with a rich source of vital information and leverages AI (GPT-4) to translate for optimal transparency. Read More "Preface to the AI Critical New Testament (AICNT)"

AI Critical New Testament (AICNT)

The AI Critical New Testament (AICNT) is a critical edition of the New Testament translated with AI for maximum transparency into the text. A critical edition is a version of the text that is carefully edited and compiled based on extensive review of the earliest available manuscripts in contrast to later textual traditions and in reference to other benchmarks including other critical editions. The primary objective of a critical edition is to reconstruct, as closely as possible, the original text as it was first authored. A critical edition also serves to document variants and the corresponding authorities that support particular readings through a “critical apparatus,” a system of notes and annotations accompanying the main text.

Critical editions, often in the original languages like Koine Greek for the New Testament, can be challenging for general Bible students to access. The AICNT pioneers a new approach by offering a critical edition in English that leverages AI. This method ensures an objective and transparent output, minimizing human biases and interpretative proclivities. The innovative approach opens up a rich treasury of information to a broad audience. It enhances accessibility and understanding of critical biblical scholarship for those who may not be proficient in the original languages.

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The AICNT embodies, as the base text, the most probable readings of the earliest manuscripts as determined by modern critical scholarship (critical editions utilized include NA27/28, SBLGNT, and THGNT). The translation is also supplemented (in brackets and footnotes) with the text of later manuscript traditions, including the Byzantine text-type and the Textus Receptus of 1550 (the basis of the KJV).

The English text of AICNT (including variants) is completely rendered by AI according to a methodology that delivers excellent accuracy and readability, with additional protocol to ensure an unbiased and transparent output. The strategic utilization of AI for this translation overcomes many shortcomings associated with relying on human translators by reducing the potential for human error and subjective bias. Rather than coloring the text with interpretative bias and suggestive editorial elements, the AICNT was developed to achieve an English reading of the ancient text in the most unfiltered and impartial manner feasible, as a transparent medium through which the original text is conveyed. Included in the rendering methodology is the authoritative BDAG lexicon as the basis for translating words.

The AICNT is tailored for readers desiring a literal and transparent translation of the New Testament that aligns with the earliest known Greek manuscripts, with additional transparency into textual changes that occurred over time.

 See the AICNT Preface for more details.

Editors

Josiah E. Verkaik, founder of Integrity Syndicate, is a researcher and publisher on subjects pertaining to early Christianity. Josiah is an innovator and analytical thinker with a background in engineering. He is the architect of the AICNT and directed all aspects of its methodology and design.                            

Dustin Smith, PhD, is a biblical scholar of Early Christianity at Spartanburg Methodist College (Spartanburg, SC). He has previously taught at Columbia Theological Seminary and Reformed University.

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About Integrity Syndicate

Integrity Syndicate, founded by Theophilus Josiah in 2020, maintains various websites and publishes content for the restoration and promotion of 1st-century apostolic Christianity.

The first major publication is the AI Critical New Testament, available at aicnt.org, which is an AI-rendered translation designed to avoid the biases of human translators and optimized for transparency, accuracy, and readability.

The restorationist approach of Integrity Syndicate toward reclaiming authentic Christianity is firmly rooted in the foundational authorities of the New Testament, with a particular focus on the essential texts of Luke-Acts and the writings of Paul.

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Publication Status:

  1. Revelation: Published
  2. Luke: Published
  3. John: Published
  4. Mark: Pending
  5. Matthew: Pending
  6. Acts:  Pending
  7. Pauline Epistles: Pending
  8. Hebrews + Catholic Epistles: Pending

Version 1. 1.26 (May 27,2024)

Completion of John, including critical apparatus. 

Version 1. 1.25 (March 28,2024)

Footnotes through John 11, various corrections. 

Version 1.1.24 (January 21, 2024)

Various corrections, Updated footnotes for John 1-7

Version 1.1.23 (December 21, 2023)

Complete review using CNTTS Apparatus for Luke. (1771 footnotes). 

Version 1.1.22 (November 14, 2023)

Complete review of Critical Apparatus for Luke (1277 footnotes). 

Version 1.1.21 (October 26, 2023)

Completed Critical Apparatus for Luke. 

Version 1.1.20 (October 16, 2023)

Completed Revelation with apparatus for print publication. Restructured and expanded the Preface. 

Version 1.1.19 (October 13, 2023)

Critical apparatus of 1 Cor. Update “The Critical Apparatus” section of the preface. 

Version 1.1.18 (October 10, 2023)

Critical Apparatus of Romans and Matthew 1-13

Version 1.1.17 (October 2, 2023)

Review of footnotes from Romans to Revelation, add references to Greek manuscripts and editions. Add missing footnotes. 

Version 1.1.16 (September 25, 2023)

Implemented updated bracketing methodology and added the text of later manuscripts in double brackets. Review and correction to footnotes. 

Version 1.1.15 (September 20, 2023)

Update the Formatting section of the Preface with the additional bracketing protocol. Implement SBLGNT review through Romans. Implemented additional bracketing to John, Acts, and Romans. Completed consistency of rendered words between parallels. Correct Acts 20:28 and 1 Cor 10:8 based on revised criteria for selecting base text from critical editions. 

Version 1.1.14 (September 10, 2023)

Completed consistency of rendered words between Gospel parallels. Added additional paragraph breaks exhibited in THGNT. Correct John 1:18 and Jude 1:5 based on revised criteria for selecting base text from critical editions. 

Version 1.1.13 (September 8, 2023)

Revised and expanded Preface. Check for consistency between renderings of Gospel parallels (partially complete).

Version 1.1.12 (September 4, 2023)

Various quality checks including quotation marks, punctuation marks and capitalization.

Version 1.1.11 (September 2, 2023)

Add keywords to footnotes, improve readability of footnotes, updated Preface

Version 1.1.10 (August 25, 2023)

Additional footnotes noting variants for John. Additional clarifying footnotes with BDAG definitions. Corrections to footnote reference numbers to remove letters. Minor corrections

Version 1.1.9 (August 9, 2023)

Added extensive footnotes to Luke, added the missing text of Luke 5:33-39, removed redundant verse in Phil 2:4. Add and correct various footnotes. Other minor corrections. 

Version 1.1.8 (July 31, 2023)

Revised Preface (added the section “Clarifying Footnotes” and other minor edits), added footnotes with abridged BDAG definition for particular words, revised John 1:18 footnote, added footnote for Heb. 1:8, improved rendering of Eph. 5:20

Version 1.1.7 (July 29, 2023)

Revised the Preface with additional details in the methodology section, Updated footnotes for John 1

Version 1.1.6 (July 27, 2023)

Resolved syntax/formatting issues. 

Initially published July 23, 2023.

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