There are more than 5,000 ancient copies or ancient manuscripts of the New Testament. These ancient manuscripts are of two major types.
- UNCIALS â€• The uncial manuscripts are written in all capital
letters without punctuation or spaces between words. They are
not divided into sentences, paragraphs, chapters or verses. All
such divisions have been added by the translators. The uncial
manuscripts are considered to be most important, because they
are older, dating as far back as the 2nd and 3rd century.
- CURSIVES â€• The cursive manuscripts, which are also called the
â€œminiscule manuscripts,â€ are written in small letters with a running hand style. Since the cursive style of writing came into use at a later time, dating back to the 9th century, the cursives are
considered less important than the uncials. There are thousands
of these manuscripts, most dating to the period after 1000 AD.
Some of them are quite ornate, richly decorated with color, artistic works, and pictures.