Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Dating the New Testament part 1

Various historians date the composition of the New Testament books over quite a long range of time. Liberal dating has been quite late though I suspect there has been motivation to date the books well after the time of Jesus. While conservative dating has been closer to the crucifixion it may have still been affected by the liberal position. It has been said somewhere that today's conservative theology is yesterday's liberal theology.

I am most interested in those chronologies that take the internal evidence of Scripture seriously, or at least are consistent with this approach.

Here is the English Standard Version Study Bible's dates for various books in chronological order. A range represents uncertain dating. The study Bible states early, mid and late decade for some books and I have assigned these terms an approximate date.

BookDate
James 40–45
Galatians 48
1 Thessalonians 49–51
2 Thessalonians 49–51
1 Corinthians 53–55
Mark 54–59
2 Corinthians 55–56
Romans 57
Matthew 57–63
Luke 60–62
Hebrews 60–70
Acts 62
Ephesians 62
Philippians 62
Colossians 62
Philemon 62
1 Peter 62–63
1 Timothy 62–64
Titus 62–64
Jude 63–67
2 Timothy 64–67
2 Peter 64–67
John 70–100
1 John 85–95
2 John 85–95
3 John 85–95
Revelation 95–96

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