In this time period Christians everywhere were persecuted. Considering them a great threat, Romans ordered Christians killed and burned along with their books.
Manuscripts – The books of the New Testament were copied by hand on manuscripts made of papyri. The Phoenicians borrowed the Egyptian’s invention and wrote using the alphabet, spreading the message to the known world from Byblos. When the last surviving apostle, John, was exiled to and died on the island of Patmos, Christians copied the books of the Injeel with renewed passion, distributing them among the churches. Most members of the Christian community couldn’t afford a personal copy of the entire Injeel. Partial manuscripts – a few books of the New Testament, not the entire text – were. therefore, produced, distributed and shared among the Christian believers.
Lectionaries – Existence of church lectionaries is one of the most important evidences of the New Testament’s credibility, yet it is often the least studied, least known, and least used. The number of knows lectionaries was about 2,300 copies.
Early Translations – Complete manuscripts of the Injeel translated from Greek to other Mediterranean languages are important in verifying the New Testament’s reliability.
Church Fathers – Leaders of the Christian community who were followers of Christ’s apostles were known as “church fathers.” You could call them second-generation disciples. Following Christ under severe persecution, they led their communities to faith in Christ. These letters and sermons have been uncovered around the Mediterranean Sea, with quotes and passages in total agreement with today’s texts.