Redating the new testament
For this reason radical scholars argue for late first century, and if possible second century, dates for the autographs [original manuscripts].By these dates they argue that the New Testament documents, especially the Gospels, contain mythology.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.
Paul also gives historical details about Jesus' contemporaries, the apostles (1 Corinthians 15:5-8), including his private encounters with Peter and the apostles (Galatians -). Earlier, Clement of Rome cited Matthew, John, and 1 Corinthians, in 95 to 97.It is, I think, the finest of all his writings, and its energy is marvellous' (The Listener).When the New Testament was written is a significant issue, as one assembles the overall argument for Christianity.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. Along with 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians and Galatians are well attested and early.Internal evidence is strong for this early date: 1. All three reveal a historical interest in the events of Jesus' life and give facts that agree with the Gospels.