A paleographer "cannot establish the exact date but he can confidently place one handwriting in the 30's and another in the 80's." Fortunately, textual critics and paleographers have a large number of ancient manuscripts at their disposal, many of which have been found within the last century.Nearly the entire New Testament exists in manuscripts dated to before 300 AD.The New Testament plays a very central role in Christianity.
Both of these questions are answered within the fields of paleography and textual criticism, which seek to analyze ancient manuscripts of the New Testament to determine their date and accuracy.
Christians of all denominations look to the Bible as their primary authority in determining doctrine, ethics, church structure, and all other religious issues.
This strong reliance on the New Testament is based in part on the religious belief that it was divinely inspired.
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