When the gospels were written (a.d.): Matt 50-60, Mark 65-70, Luke 60-70, John 85-95. From this time, evangelists were preaching from scraps of the NT written on papyrus or parchment, but thankfully only until after 1440 when the printing press was invented. Papyrus was used until it was no longer readily available (approx. 200 a.d.), at which time parchment became the preferred medium. It was made from calfskin, sheepskin, or goatskin, and was very reactive to humidity, and was not waterproof, and was very expensive! Hey, it was all about parchment, baby … until about 1500 when paper took over. Okay, so much for the Canon of Scripture being used very much for evangelism during the first God-knows-how many-years … but it was fun believing it, wasn’t it! Regardless, what would have been more impressive for the evangelists to preach with? Small scraps of soggy Scriptures – or – God’s signs, wonders, and miracles? Hey, again, it’s no wonder that … God continued to confirm the truth of His gospel with signs, wonders, and miracles! Another reason was … He hadn’t read the doctrines of the cessationists, which explained why S-W-M had ceased. Yup, it was always a choice between small soggy scraps of Scriptures, and signs. As usual, God chose the right method! Cessationists, there’s a place in Jerusalem waitin’ for you … it’s called the Wailing Wall. Enjoy your trip. .