Dating according to the bible

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.The Gospel of Luke was written by the same author as the Acts of the Apostles, who refers to Luke as the 'former account' of 'all that Jesus began to do and teach' (Acts 1:1).

Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee. There is a growing acceptance of earlier New Testament dates, even among some liberal scholars. This scholar went so far as to affirm that the evidence from the Qumran community show that the concepts, terminology, and mind set of the Gospel of John is probably first century ('Recent Discoveries in Palestine'). Didache (120-150) referred to Matthew, Luke, 1 Corinthians, and other books.

If even some of these fragments are from the New Testament, the implications for Christian apologetics are enormous.

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.

He mentions the hundreds of eyewitnesses who could verify the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:6).

Paul rests the truth of Christianity on the historicity of the resurrection (1 Corinthians -19).

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