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While New Testament documents were being circulated, there were many eyewitnesses still living and able to evaluate their accuracy. In his book Redating the New Testament, A.T. Robinson (a noted theologian, but not a believer) dates all of the New Testament books as written before 70 AD and some as early as 40-50 AD - only 10 - 20 years after these events occurred. Biblical archeologist William Foxwell Albright supports this finding:
"In my opinion, every book of the New Testament was written by a baptized Jew between the forties and eighties of the first century AD (very probably sometime between about AD 50 and 75)." 1
The significance of this dating is that those reading the testimony of the New Testament writers would have been alive during the events written about. Hence, if the writings were outright fabrications they could have easily been challenged.
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FOOTNOTES / WORKS CITED
|1 ||Pellegrino, Charles, The Return of Sodom and Gomorrah, New York: Random House, 1994. p.324-325|