So, how does the Bible stand up against other pieces of ancient literature? Let’s look at Plato’s classic work The Republic, penned somewhere between 427 and 347 B.C. The earliest copy we have is from 90 A.D. The time span between when it was first written and the transcribed copy is a whopping 1,200 years—and there are only seven copies. Hmmm, very interesting! The New Testament was written between 50 and 90 A.D., and the earliest copy we have is from 130 A.D. That is less than a hundred years compared to Plato’s 1,200.