The opinions and hypotheses of scholars vary widely regarding when the New Testament was written or first recorded. God the Father and Jesus Christ specifically chose certain deeply converted men to write the most important and magnificent book in the world - and make it available to all people - through the power of the Holy Spirit.Some view it as a collection of fables and myths verbally passed on by storytellers for generations before being recorded. Amazing as it sounds, the entire New Testament was written down through the efforts of only EIGHT men! Three were eyewitnesses of his life and ministry - the apostles Matthew, Peter and John.Gradually, the epistles became circulated within the mainline Christian movement, and were often read during services, at churches throughout the known world.This gradual dispersal of Paul's writings must have taken many decades. Goodspeed suggested that Paul's letters initially rested in the archives of individual churches, where they were not known by the Christian movement generally.
The last two were Mark - who penned the Gospel of Mark under Peter’s supervision - and Luke, who authored the Gospel of Luke and Acts under the Apostle Paul's supervision.This was our third such debate, and it was before a crowd of more than 1000 people.I mentioned that seven New Testament papyri had recently been discovered—six of them probably from the second century and one of them probably from the first. These fragments now increase our holdings as follows: we have as many as eighteen New Testament manuscripts from the second century and one from the first.In its eastern form Aramaic is known as Syriac and its occurrence in the Old Testament, incorrectly bore the name Chaldee until recent archaeological discoveries determined Chaldee was merely a sub-dialect of the common form of Aramaic spoken in Babylon.Ignoring two Aramaic words which occur in Genesis , the earliest notice of the use of this language in Scripture is in the request which the representatives of Hezekiah make to Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the Syriac language, (Aramaic = `aramith, found in 2 Kings & Isaiah ).