Dating the new testament books
When we put all four accounts together, we would get a richer picture of your life and character. So we acknowledge that differences do not necessarily mean errors. Most writings of the New Testament works were completed twenty to forty years before this. Luke writes as if the Temple is an important part of Jewish life. From the evidence, we can conclude the Gospels were indeed written by the authors they are attributed to.Skeptics have made allegations of errors for centuries, yet the vast majority of charges have been answered. Craig Blomberg, writes, "Despite two centuries of skeptical onslaught, it is fair to say that all the alleged inconsistencies among the Gospels have received at least plausible resolutions." The four Gospels give us a complementary, not a contradictory, account. Bruce, gives strong evidence that the New Testament was completed by A. The Gospels are dated traditionally as follows: Mark is believed to be the first gospel written around A. He also ends Acts on a strange note: Paul living under house arrest. Furthermore, most scholars agree Mark precedes Luke, making Mark's Gospel even earlier. Paul's outline of the life of Jesus matches that of the Gospels. Previously, I defended the early dating of the Gospels.The documentary evidence for the New Testament far surpasses any other work of its time. Third, ninety percent of Jesus' teachings and sayings use mnemonic methods similar to those used in Hebrew poetry.We have over 5000 manuscripts, and many are dated within a few years of their authors' lives. An important manuscript is the Chester Beatty Papyri. Fourth, Jesus trained His disciples to teach His lessons even while He was on earth.They also maintain the Gospels were written centuries after the lifetimes of the eyewitnesses.The late date of the writings allowed legends and exaggerations to proliferate, they say. The first challenge to address is how to account for the differences among the four Gospels.
They point to alleged contradictions between Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
As with the internal evidence, the external evidence also supports a first century date. Jose Callahan discovered a fragment of the Gospel of Mark and dated it to have been written in A. New Testament scholar Darrell Bock states that the Jewish culture was "a culture of memory." First, Jesus used the Old Testament prophets' practice of proclaiming the word of God which demanded accurate preservation of inspired teaching.
Fortunately, New Testament scholars have an enormous amount of ancient manuscript evidence. Second, Jesus' presentations of Himself as Messiah would reinforce among His followers the need to preserve His words accurately.
We can have confidence then that the oral tradition accurately preserved the teachings and the events of Jesus' life till they were written down just a few years later.
When I am speaking with Muslims or Mormons, we often come to a point in the discussion where it is clear the Bible contradicts their position.