Compared to other ancient historical accounts, this is like a news flash.
Suetonius, a Roman historian, wrote his account of Caesar crossing the Rubicon at least 110 years after the event, and it is considered to be generally reliable.
This was approximately 15-20 years after the Church began on Pentecost. Robinson's book, Redating the New Testament, dates all of the New Testament documents between A. Four times Paul specifically said I am writing this with my own hand making it clear it was from the living apostles and not written 50 or 100 years later.
The majority of New Testament books were written between 45-75 A. (excluding the apostle John's writings, which occurred much later in 75-95 A. Sir William Ramsay, one of the greatest archaeologists who ever lived wrote of Luke the author of the gospel and the book of Acts stating, Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy, this author should, be placed along with the very greatest of historians.
Mark was a close companion of Peter, one of Christ’s three innermost apostles.
Mark also travelled with Paul, Luke, and many of the earliest Christians in the Book of Acts.
Below I’ve added a list of really good books on key questions on the history and understanding of Christ in all the Bible for those that want persue their own study deeper.
you won’t have to agree with everything in any and certainly not in all of these books, but they all contained stretching and illuminating information that have shaped my understanding of Jesus the man of History and Christ the eternal communication of a Good God.
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Robinson, Redating the New Testament (Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1976), p.
Luke's history is unsurpassed in respect of its trustworthiness.
Just as the Old Testament was read in the synagogues so was the New Testament letters.