The book repeatedly claims to be written by Paul (1:1, 12-17; 3:4, 6, 22; ). All three reveal a historical interest in the events of Jesus' life and give facts that agree with the Gospels. At the latest they were all composed within the lifetimes of eyewitnesses and contemporaries of the events. This fragment of John's gospel survives from within a generation of composition.
Using the accepted methods of papyrology and palaeography, O'Callahan compared sequences of letters with existing documents and eventually identified nine fragments as belonging to one gospel, Acts, and few epistles.Some of these were dated slightly later than 50, but still extremely early: Both friends and critics acknowledge that, if valid, O'Callahan's conclusions will revolutionise New Testament theories.If even some of these fragments are from the New Testament, the implications for Christian apologetics are enormous.Specifically mentioned are the twelve apostles and James the brother of Jesus. There is a ring of authenticity to the book from beginning to end. Paul mentions 500 who had seen Christ, most of whom were still alive. The contents harmonize with what has been learned about Corinth during that era. Clement of Rome refers to it in his own mentions it (chap. It is one of the best attested books of any kind from the ancient world. Two illustrate this point, former liberal William F. 'Thanks to the Qumran discoveries, the New Testament proves to be in fact what it was formerly believed to be: the teaching of Christ and his immediate followers between cir. Robinson places Matthew at 40 to after 60, Mark at about 45 to 60, Luke at before 57 to after 60, and John at from 40 to after 65. This argues powerfully that the gospels were in existence before the end of the first century, while some eyewitnesses (including John) were still alive.Internal evidence is strong for this early date: 1. Along with 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians and Galatians are well attested and early. This would mean that one of who Gospels could have been written as early as seven years after the crucifixion. The earliest undisputed manuscript of a New Testament book is the John Rylands papyri (p52), dated back from 117 to 138.Of the four Gospels alone there are 19,368 citations by the church fathers from the late first century on. Whole books (Bodmer Papyri) are available from 200.This includes 268 by Justin Martyr (100-165), 1038 by Irenaeus (active in the late second century), 1017 by Clement of Alexandria (ca. Most of the New Testament, including all the gospels, is available in the Chester Beatty Papyri manuscript from 150 yeas after the New Testament was finished (ca. No other book from the ancient world has as small a time gap between composition and earliest manuscript copies as the New Testament.Mark and/or Acts must have been written within the lifetime of the apostles and contemporaries of the events. There would hardly be time for a predecessor series of Q manuscripts. Albright, © Dr Norman Geisler 2007 Source: Used by permission of Baker and Baker Academic, divisions of Baker Publishing Group, copyright © 2007. Materials are not to be distributed to other web locations for retrieval, published in other media, or mirrored at other sites without written permission from Baker Publishing Group. There would have been no time for mythological embellishment of the records. And since these manuscripts are not originals but copies, parts of the New Testament would have been show to have been copied and disseminated during the lives of the writers. Even putting aside O'Callahan's controversial claims, the cumulative evidence places the New Testament within the first century, and the lives of eyewitnesses. By these dates they argue that the New Testament documents, especially the Gospels, contain mythology.The writers created the events contained, rather than reported them.