Papyrology and Dating the New Testament
Papyrology has had a phenomenal impact on biblical study.
Since many of the papyri date to the first century, it is
possible to establish the nature of the grammar of that
period and to date the composition of New Testament books.
"Even in much later manuscripts, as we have seen, the type
of Greek represented by the New Testament is that of the
first century. Unless we resort to the wholly improbable
hypothesis of a deliberate and remarkably successful use of
archaic language, it is evident therefore that the books of
the New Testament were written in the first century."
Burrows, "What Means These Stones" (New York: Meridian,
1957) pp. 53-54