The authors must have clear links to the eyewitnesses (or be eyewitnesses) to reduce the possibility of communication mistakes.We will learn that even in the most pessimistic, but rational, reading of the data, we come to the understanding that the authors of the New Testament are close enough to the events to be able to give an accurate picture of historical events.Peter and Paul likely perished during the persecution of the church in Rome by Nero.
However, in the court of public opinion the testimony of several hundred New Testament scholars is strong evidence and far outweighs the opinions of radical scholars, skeptics and nonbelievers. Permission to copy this data for written publications or classes can be obtained by writing Gary Butner at(1) John Mark - John was his Hebrew name and Mark his Latin name.(2) Author unknown.
The latter groups seek to discredit the Gospel accounts, and create another Jesus they claim was produced by legends over a long time frame. Opinions include Luke, Paul, Barnabas, Apollos, Priscilla and Aquila.(3) John the Apostle or John the Elder. (4) There is a pronounced difference between scholars for the book of James, and so we have excluded the scholars with higher dates from Modified James.
There is an unbroken chain of writers discussing the New Testament that goes back to soon after the Gospels were written.
The writings of the church fathers are referred to as "the tradition" or as "patristic sources" in most discussions of this subject. All information from after this time either depends on earlier available sources or is suspect because we are unable to determine what the earlier sources are.
The following chart provides the dates when the New Testament books were written.