I've heard this often said; that one can destroy the entire New Testament and reconstruct almost all of it based on Church father quotes alone. Is this true or false?
However, if these 25,000 manuscripts were destroyed, we still would know what the New Testament writers actually wrote. We would then go to the writings of the Church Fathers. These early Church Fathers wrote numerous books and letters in which they made over 38,000 quotations from the New Testament. From their writings alone we could reconstruct the entire New Testament minus about 11 verses. carm.org/new-testament-corrupted
If this is true, what does the date go up to? Can we reconstruct the entire NT before the year 325 with quotes? Also, what are the 11 verses or so that would be left out?