Carbon dating the gospels
In addition to the early papyrus fragments, a large number of parchment manuscripts have been found that date from 300 CE onward.
Nearly the entire New Testament exists in manuscripts dated to before 300 AD.
The article that follows provides an overview of the most important New Testament manuscripts that have been discovered and outlines the process used to analyze those manuscripts.
No original manuscripts of the original Greek New Testament have been found.
Carbon dating and other chemical methods are rarely used in determining the age of manuscripts.
Instead, a paleographer analyzes the handwriting of the text, which yields a much more precise date than carbon dating would.