This would mean that one or two of the Gospels could have been written as early as seven years after the crucifixion. The earliest undisputed manuscript of a New Testament book is the John Rylands papyri (p52), dated from 117 to 138.

At the latest they were all composed within the lifetimes of eyewitnesses and contemporaries of the events. This fragment of John's gospel survives from within a generation of composition.

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Negative critical scholars strengthen their own views as they 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].

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.

Further, Paul speaks of more than 500 eyewitnesses to the resurrection who were still alive when he wrote (15:6). It is one of the best attested books of any kind from the ancient world.

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.

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.

By these dates they argue that the New Testament documents, especially the Gospels, contain mythology.