Dating the new testament canon
Because they are so numerous, they can be cross checked for accuracy . The total supporting New Testament manuscript base is over 24,000. 30., then that means the entire New Testament was completed within 70 years.
Almost all biblical scholars agree that the New Testament documents were all written before the close of the First Century. This is important because it means there were plenty of people around when the New Testament documents were penned--people who could have contested the writings.
The authenticity of this list of canonical books has been doubted by many scholars because it is absent from various manuscripts containing the decrees of the regional (Galatian) Council. On the omission of Revelation see Cyril of Jerusalem above. Furthermore, another important aspect of this discussion is the fact that we have a fragment of the gospel of John that dates back to around 29 years from the original writing (John Rylands Papyri A. This is simply unheard of in any other ancient writing, and it demonstrates that the Gospel of John is a First Century document.Below is a chart with some of the oldest extant New Testament manuscripts compared to when they were originally penned. A legalistic but anti-Jewish discourse on Christian life falsely ascribed to Barnabas, the missionary companion of Paul. The author has heard that the disorderly Corinthians have now ousted their elders, and in this letter he urges them to repent of the action.