Dating new testament books
The pre-Markan passion story, which Mark used in writing his Gospel, predates his writing of the gospel itself.Most of Mark’s gospel consists of short anecdotal stories strung like pearls on a string, but when we get to the final week of Jesus’ life we encounter a continuous narrative of events from the Jewish plot during the Last Supper through Jesus’ burial and finally to the empty tomb.Even non-Christian scholars would agree that Paul wrote 1 Corinthians and that it was composed in 55 AD.In this letter, Paul speaks about the moral problems in the church and then proceeds to discuss controversies over tongues, prophecies, and the Lord’s Supper.The Jews lost their entire country, their capital city, and their temple, which had been the center of their religious, political, and economic life for the last thousand years.In addition, tens of thousands of their countrymen were dead and hundreds of their villages burned to the ground.
Albright, after seeing how well the New Testament fit with the archeological and historical data, wrote: I am a Revenue Technician at the SC Department of Revenue. Luke records the deaths of two Christian martyrs (Stephen and James, the brother of John), but his history account ends with James, Jesus’ half-brother, and Paul still alive and well.Acts ends with Paul under house arrest in Rome and there’s no mention of James having died.Only the brief books of Jude and 2 John were not referenced, but they certainly had to have been written (Jude, being Jesus’ half-brother, was almost certainly dead by 100 AD and 2 John would have to be written because it came before 3 John, which is quoted by the church fathers.).The problem is that the destruction of the temple in 70 AD is not mentioned anywhere in the New Testament books.