(1) The earliest Christians were meticulous in preserving the tradition of Jesus’ words and life.

(2) The Gospel writers were close to the eyewitnesses and pursued the facts about Jesus. (3) There are indications that these authors were honest reporters.

(4) The overall composite of Jesus as presented in the four Gospels is essentially the same.^21

Far from not being able to distinguish which teachings concerning Jesus are historical, the data strongly favors the New Testament Gospels.

3.NT canon decided early