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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.

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Negative critical scholars strengthen their own views as the separate the actual events from the writings by as much time as possible.

For this reason radical scholars argue for late first century, and if possible second century, dates for the autographs [original manuscripts].

No first century date allows time for myths or legends to creep into the stories about Jesus.

Legend development takes at least two full generations, according to A. Physical remoteness from the actual events is also helpful.

Thus, there is not a reason to reject their historical accuracy either. He mentions the hundreds of eyewitnesses who could verify the resurrection (1 Cor. Paul rests the truth of Christianity on the historicity of the resurrection (1 Cor. Paul also gives historical details about Jesus' contemporaries, the apostles (1 Cor. Ignatius referred to six Pauline epistles in about 110, and between 110 and 150 Polycarp quoted from all four gospels, Acts, and most of Paul's epistles.