Jose O' Callahan, a Spanish Jesuit paleographer, made headlines around the world on March 18, 1972, when he identified a manuscript fragment from Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls) as a piece from the gospel of Mark. Fragments from this cave had previously been dated between 50 BC and AD 50, hardly within the time frame established for New Testament writings.

Should we believe that no one wrote anything down concerning Christian literature prior to 70 CE except for Paul during this period of oral tradition?

Certainly Josephus didn’t let his Jewish history to oral tradition and he drew upon the writings of others who recorded what Jewish officials were doing at the time the events transpired.

This is less than a quarter century after the crucifixion in 33. 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 A. 50 and 75)' (' Towards a More Conservative View,' 3). Didache (120-150) referred to Matthew, Luke, 1 Corinthians, and other books.

Further, Paul speaks of more than 250 eyewitnesses to the resurrection who were still alive when he wrote (15:6). There are nearly 600 quotations of 1 Corinthians in Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Tertullian alone (Theissen, 201). 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 when 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'). D.' (, 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.

When the New Testament was written is a significant issue, as one assembles the overall argument for Christianity.

Confidence in the historical accuracy of these documents depends partly on whether they were written by eyewitnesses and contemporaries to the events described, as the Bible claims.

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 1:1-4] Luke presents the same information about who Jesus is, what he taught, and his death and resurrection as do the other Gospels. Earlier, Clement of Rome cited Matthew, John, and 1 Corinthians, and 95 to 97.

This Dynamic Translation of the New Testament is for the Macedonian language, which is primarily used in the Republic of Macedonia and the Balkan states.

An estimated 2 million people speak Macedonian as their mother tongue.

This is contemporary to the generation who witnessed the events of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.