Fischer and Fisher in The Distortion: 2000 years of Misrepresenting the Relationship between Jesus the Messiah and the Jewish People cite various scholars (C. P. Thiede; J. Wenham; W. F. Albright) who have dated the Gospels as early as the 40s - 50s AD (pp. 2-4). Yet, other scholars like Geza Vermes and the Jesus Seminar date the Gospels several decades later, from 70-100 AD. RECONCILIATION: I offer that both of these camps represent good, solid scholarship. Both camps are correct — in part. I offer that the Gospels were not written all at once, in one single fell swoop. Rather, the earliest layers of the Gospels were written around 50 AD — precisely when Simon Peter began ministering in Rome, when Saul Paulus began his famous Missionary Journeys around the E. Mediterranean (not to mention the widespread ministries of the other Apostles), and when the First Jerusalem Council was convened (51 AD) to address the issue of the Gentile Mission. Furthermore, according to Church Tradition and to D. Bivin in his Light on the Difficult Words of Jesus book series, the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) were originally written in Hebrew. Then, the various Gospels circulated within the early Christian communities — Matthew in Jerusalem, Mark in Rome, Luke in Greece — where they were gradually expanded and updated as those communities evolved for several decades in the face of various new issues facing them. Furthermore, the Synoptic Gospels were translated from Hebrew to Greek during this time — which in and of itself proves that there was an ongoing process of revision. CONCLUSION: The earliest layers of the Gospels were written by c. 50 AD. However, the original Gospels were gradually expanded, revised, and translated by the early Christian communities for several decades before being codified. Thus, the latest layers of the Gospels were written from c. 70 - 100 AD. Note: Please recall that at least the Apostle John lived to a ripe old age in Ephesus, until c. 100 AD. Furthermore, it is precisely John's Gospel that was revised the longest, until c. 100 AD. Thus, this process of Gospel revision occurred exclusively during the lifetimes of the Apostles and the original authors. After the first generation of Apostles passed away — may God rest their souls — this process of Gospel revision stopped, and the Gospels were codified in their present forms. In short, the Gospel revision occurred exclusively under the authority of the original Apostles and authors. After they passed away, their followers codified the Gospels in their present form. Thus, there is no reason to doubt the integrity or authority of the Gospels.