Dating of the gospels

The only problem is that there is no external attestation for Paul’s letters till the second century. It is unknown until Irenaeus cites it in the latter half of the second century. How certain can we be about a date that relies solely on the self-witness of the documents themselves?

Especially when we know that at the time Paul’s letters do appear they are simultaneously embroiled in controversies over forgeries and interpolations.

Views about the dating of all four Gospels vary greatly from about 6070 AD until the end of the first century where it is believed the Gospel of John was last written.

Use the controls at the bottom of the page to stop, start, or move backward/forward. So the second stage of Gospel formation was a Gospel tradition that grew out of the testimony and preaching of the followers of Jesus, as well as the practices of the church such as Eucharist and worship that grew out of that preaching. By the time that John wrote his gospel, the threat to her for being named would have past.A general consensus of conservative scholars puts Mark at about AD 60-65. Matthew and Luke are usually given a date of writing of about AD 60-70 and John AD 70-90. Such dates are based on guesses about which authors relied on the others.For instance, it is not unreasonable (though not proven) to think that Mark was a source for Matthew and Luke.One thing for sure is that we cannot use carbon dating to determine the date that the four gospels were written.This is because the original manuscripts (known as the autographs) of the four gospels and, indeed all the New Testament books are not in our possession.

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