Baurs proposal was remained influential for later attempts to date and identify authorship of the New Testament documents (Harris, 237, 24862; Ellis, Appendix VI).
More recent dating proposals have reflected the impact, among both liberal and conservative scholars, of various lines of evidence which indicate earlier dates for the New Testament documents.
[From The Editors: This article is one of a series we are running this year. Near the end of the year we are planning to publish these twelve articles in book form (Kindle, Nook and old fashioned print and ink). Possibly the most unlikely source is the staunch atheist and eugenics advocate H. Wells (unfortunately much more widely known and read than Albright), who also acknowledged that the four gospels were certainly in existence a few decades after [Christs] death (498).The 2013 series is called "The Integrity of the New Testament" and deals with textual criticism. In my opinion, every book of the New Testament was written by a baptized Jew between the forties and the eighties of the first century (very probably sometime between about A. Unless one reads documents through the lens of a apriori assumptions, the evidence supports the conclusions that the historical accounts, letters, biography, and other genres found in the New Testament were written by eyewitnesses and other persons living in that historical period with access to written sources and persons knowledgeable about the events described.The following case history demonstrates how a date mark on a watermark alone can expose a fraudulent document. in Spartanburg, South Carolina alleging that “page 3″ of a Will was fraudulent and was not prepared at the same times page 1, 2, and 4 (the signature page) was executed. An attorney’s secretary testified she had prepared the Will, witnessed each page and personally witnessed the decedent sign page 3 and 4 at the same time.In 2001 a case was submitted to Dawson’s Document Laboratory, L. According to the witness, all pages were executed at the same time.Confidence in the historical accuracy of these documents depends partly on whether they were written by eyewitnesses and contemporaries to the events described, as many New Testament texts claim.
Some critical scholars have attempted to strengthen their contentions by separating the actual events from the writings by as much time as possible.For this reason radical scholars (for example, the Jesus Seminar) argue for late first century or even second century dates for the original manuscripts. Sherwin White has demonstrated, using documents from antiquity even less well-attested and with much wider composition-to-earliest-copy spans than the New Testament documents, even two generations are too short a span to allow the mythical tendency to prevail over the hard historic core of the oral tradition (Sherwin-White, 190).Invoking these dates barely opens the door to argue that the New Testament documents, especially the Gospels, are mythological and that the writers created the events contained in them, rather than simply reporting them. In the 19th century, Ferdinand Christian Baur (17921860), founder of the Tubingen School of theology, maintained that the majority of the New Testament documents were pseudonymous works and gave little weight to the evidence of numerous citations provided by the early Christian writers (commonly known as church fathers).He has contributed testimony on numerous occasions as an expert in this area for the Federal Courts, State Courts, Local Courts, Court Martial Proceedings and State Boards and Regulatory Proceedings.In addition to being a Forensic Document Examiner, he is also a Forensic Photographer.Most of the family “recalled” the decedent leaving each child 1/3 of the Estate.