Dating the new testament gospels
More recently the publishing of the Gospel of Judas has added fuel to the fire.
Many claim that these other gospels, a good number of which were written in the second and third centuries, have been deliberately marginalized and should have had a place in the canon of Scripture.
Sir William Ramsey's vindication of Luke's writings is a classic example. The findings of archaeology have in fact reversed the opinions of a number of former skeptics. Their existence was doubted just a few decades ago.
Confirmation of the accuracy of the setting of Jacob's well has also been found (John 4). Such findings have caused many scholars to reverse earlier skeptical opinions on the historicity of the Fourth Gospel.
Indeed, Mark is the New Testament historian who comes closest to witnessing the actual life of Jesus.Extra-Biblical and secular writers (many hostile) point to Jesus' existence, including the Roman writings of Tacitus, Seutonius, Thallus and Pliny, and the Jewish writings of Josephus and the Talmud.Gary Habermas has cited a total of 39 ancient extra-Biblical sources, including 17 non-Christian, that witness from outside the New Testament to over 100 details of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. There are also characteristics within the texts themselves which mark the four Gospels as sober history and neither legend nor fictional propaganda.When equal treatment is permitted its course, the Gospels fully pass the test. NEXT—How do we know that Christ really rose from the dead? For a long time, the Gospel of Mark was the least popular of the Gospels, both among scholars and general readers.