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TCCT converts text-data in the Nestle-Aland apparatus into a usable text-critical chart. This current release (version 1.2) works exclusively with "gothic M" (M) manuscripts. (Later releases will expand on the manuscripts to be charted.) Deciphering and categorizing M manuscripts has always been a time-consuming task for anyone working with the Nestle apparatus. To do it properly, one has to look at the front of the Nestle text and note which manuscripts belong to M for the particular genre being studied (gospels, Paul, Acts, catholic letters, Revelation). These witnesses will only be cited explicitly when they disagree with M. (Many don't realize that not all the manuscripts under the M umbrella are Byzantine manuscripts. Placing all these manuscripts under M is simply a convenient way to list the manuscripts without swelling the apparatus. Clarity and cost is sacrificed to concision.) The individual then has to look at the particular textual problem in question and observe which of the M manuscripts are reading against M--that is, with another variant. One might think that it would be safe to assume that the manuscripts that don't disagree with M must agree with it in this place, but that is not the case. For example, although 1506 is listed as a member of M for Paul's letters, one would be mistaken to assume that it reads in Eph 2.21. Just because it doesn't disagree with M there does not mean that it agrees with it. A glance at the back of Nestle-Aland27 reveals that 1506 doesn't read in Ephesians at all, even though it does read in other Pauline letters! All too frequently, lack of attention to the details or lack of understanding of how the Nestle apparatus operates has led to blunders when recording manuscript affinities data. And that has often resulted in skewed interpretation that affects one's views of the whole textual problem. This program is designed to eliminate the guesswork and correct the inaccuracies, enabling you to have a chart of accurate data from which you can begin to make your text-critical decisions.