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A seminary professor's new volume on the composition and the origins of New Testament documents challenges liberal theologians' theories of who wrote the books and when.

Arguing for a "corporate authorship," the use of common traditions and the presence of a common "opposition mission," E. Earle Ellis, author of The Making of the New Testament Documents, concludes that the New Testament was composed by four apostolic missions and, for the most part, between A.D. 50 and 70.

Ellis, research professor of theology emeritus and "scholar in residence" at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, reaches historical conclusions in sharp contrast to those of the Jesus Seminar, which supposes that the gospels were written long after A.D. 70 by unknown authors.

Ellis' work is an important resource in answering the theories of the Jesus Seminar and a similar group focusing on Paul, said So...