Dating of the gospels

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The gospels are books/collections of writings/scribblings on looseleaf that "document" the birth, life, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus of Nazareth.Most Christians only know of the four canonical gospels: those ascribed to Matthew, to Mark, to Luke, and to John.If the New Testament eyewitness accounts were written as early as the evidence infers, many of the objections of skeptics are impotent.Early manuscripts mean that the original witnesses to the life of Jesus were (1) available to write the documents we now have, and (2) early observers of Jesus’ life would have been available to deny the testimony of the gospel authors.

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The philosophical naturalist must also deny the truthfulness of these supernatural accounts.We asked Wallace if there was some specific manuscript evidence that inclined people to deny the early dating of the Gospel accounts. We then asked why people continued to deny the early dating if, in fact, we were continuing to find early fragments and there was no contrary manuscript evidence.It turns out that the late dating of the gospels is due primarily to a denial of supernaturalism.It contains Romans –21 and small portions of Romans 10.I had the great pleasure of visiting with Dan Wallace at an event where we got the chance to examine a number of very ancient manuscript fragments.

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