In any case it was common in the time of Tertullian.
There is nothing to oblige us to endorse the conclusions of radical criticisms on this subject.
Little time was needed to find, in analyzing them, indications of a later origin.
The conclusions of the Tübingen school, which brought down to the second century, the compositions of all the New Testament except four Epistles of St. When the crisis of militant incredulity had passed, the problem of the New Testament began to be examined more calmly, and especially more methodically.
Paul (Rom.; Gal.; I, II Cor.), was very common thirty or forty years ago, in so-called critical circles (see Dict. From the critical studies of the past half century we may draw the following conclusion, which is now in its general outlines admitted by all: It was a mistake to have attributed the origin of Christian literature to a later date ; these texts, on the whole, date back to the second half of the first century; consequently they are the work of a generation that counted a good number of direct witnesses of the life of Jesus Christ.
From stage to stage, from Strauss to Renan, from Renan to Reuss, Weizsäcker, Holtzmann, J¨licher, Weiss, and from these to Zahn, Harnack, criticism has just retraced its steps over the distance it had so inconsiderately covered under the guidance of Christian Baur.