By what time do we know they were in circulation? This is apparently the latest writing in the New Testament, quoting from Jude, assuming a knowledge of the Pauline letters, and including a reference to the gospel story of the Transfiguration of Christ. Irenaeus of Lyons went further, stating that there must be four gospels and only four because there were four corners of the Earth and thus the Church should have four pillars. Indeed, if Luke was written from within one of Paul's churches in the time around 80, it is hard to see how he would have so easily presented Paul in agreement with Jerusalem. Now we move on to Dr. The text was recovered from a cave in Egypt by a thief and thereafter sold on the black market until it was finally discovered by a collector who, with the help of academics from Yale and Princeton, was able to verify its authenticity. Warner Wallace  concurs with Dr.
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