The dating of the new testament
The opinions and hypotheses of scholars vary widely regarding when the New Testament was written or first recorded. God and Jesus Christ specially selected several faithful, mature men to compose the most critical book man needed, and to make it available to all people, through the power of his spirit.Some view it as a collection of fables and myths verbally passed on by storytellers for generations before being recorded. Amazing as it sounds, the entire New Testament was written down through the efforts of only EIGHT men! Three were eyewitnesses of his life and ministry (the apostles Matthew, Peter and John).Noth proposed that the entire history was the creation of a single individual working in the exilic period (6th century BCE); since then there has been wide recognition that the history appeared in two "editions", the first in the reign of Judah's King Josiah (late 7th century), the second during the exile (6th century).Noth's dating was based on the assumption that the history was completed very soon after its last recorded event, the release of King Jehoiachin in Babylon c.The earliest New Testament books, the letters written by Paul, were composed in the decade of the 50s.In the mid-60s, James, Peter, and Paul are all killed.
Both used a written form of the Gospel of Mark as source material for their own narratives.
In the year 70, Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and its Temple, effectively ending a Jewish revolt against the Empire that had begun four years earlier.
Although some scholars disagree, the vast majority of researchers believe that Mark was the first Gospel to be written, sometime around the year 70.
We can therefore have full faith and confidence that the original Greek text, as preserved in the Byzantine text, is the very Word of God. Important Events in the Early Church Map The 24 greatest events in Scripture What makes the Bible Holy?
Before we can talk about what the New Testament says, we have to justify that what it says can be trusted.