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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).
Therefore, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught Luke presents the same information about who Jesus is, what he taught, and his death and resurrection as do the other Gospels.
Thus, there is not a reason to reject their historical accuracy either.
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.
To 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. 80 AD' (, in which he posited revised dates for the New Testament books that place them earlier than the most conservative scholars ever held. Papias, companion of Polycarp, who was a disciple of the apostle John, quoted John.
For this reason radical scholars argue for late first century, and if possible second century, dates for the autographs [original manuscripts].
This is contemporary to the generation who witnessed the events of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.
This is precisely what Luke claims in the prologue to his Gospel: Many have undertaken to draw up a record of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who were eye-witnesses and servants of the word.
Luke goes to great pains to note that Jesus was born during the days of Caesar Augustus (Luke 2:1) and was baptised in the fifteenth year of Tiberius. Elsewhere Albright said, 'In my opinion, every book of the New Testament was written by a baptised Jew between the forties and eighties of the first century (very probably sometime between about AD 50 and 75)' ('Towards a More Conservative View,' 3). Shepherd of Hermas (115-140) cited Matthew, Mark, Acts, 1 Corinthians, and other books.
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.