Originally posted by gaychessplayer
Actually, we have some idea of when the Gospels began being CIRCULATED, but the record of the events may have been WRITTEN shortly after the events took place. There is some logic to the idea that there was no need to immediately circulate a record of the events since those events were perhaps widely known at the time.
That does not make sense. If there was an earlier record, why invent one that disagreed with the others; at some point, there must have been disagreement about what happened, and that has translated into the gospels as we now know them.
Further, to change an existing record is positively fraudulant, however I will accept that may have happened, especially regarding the later construction of the books of the bible in 300-400ad
I don't know how much you know about the human brain and the way we construct reality, but even hours after events take place there are vastly differing accounts from eyewitnesses of the same event. There is substantial evidence for this wonderful ability of ours to make stuff up.