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Part I

THE PROBLEMS AND THE KEYS
Chapter I

INTRODUCTORY

IT may safely be asserted that no question in literature, not
even excepting the questions relating to the books of the
Old Testament, has given rise to one half the controversy
that has gathered round the question of the origin of the four
Gospels. During the present century books and magazine
articles innumerable have been written on the subject, and still
the discussion shows no abatement, nor is there any sign of
finality : rather is there a general sense of dissatisfaction with
all that has been written and of despair of finding any feasible
solution of the problems.

In one respect however the controversy has led to an im-
portant result. The early date at which the Gospels were
completed is now established beyond all doubt. It is gener-
ally admitted by competent persons that Matthew, Mark
and Luke were in circulation at the latest before the year
75, and that John was published before the end of the first
century. The quotations which are found in extant books of
undoubted antiquity prove that the four Gospels in their



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