Dating of new testament books
The dominant tradition will then be subject to drift as traditions grow and split in one place and are pruned in another. Much can be learned from what has been written about it in the preceding millennia. He converted to Christianity in middle life, but split away from the main church late in life largely because the church was not strict enough to suit him. Practically speaking, the vast majority of the canon was accepted as soon as it was written, but there were several books with more controversial histories that took longer to accept or reject.
Therefore, in order to keep the true story, it is critical that the tradition gets frozen before too much time has passed. Today's man is not so much more knowledgeable and less biased than ancient man. 213) was the head of the catechetical school in Alexandria. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke show dramatic similarities. We now know that the entire New Testament was written by first-, second-, and third-hand witnesses, in the range of 20-120 years after the death of Jesus.
Also apparent is that the author of John did not use the other Gospels as sources, and the other Gospels did not use John as a source.
John almost never uses the same words to describe events and only occasionally describes the same events. The Gospel According to Matthew, written by an anonymous Jewish Christian (A.
For my purposes I will look at the most relevant information from before A. Unfortunately, the questions of New Testament authorship and dating are not cut and dried. There is substantial variation in the writings of the church fathers.
The church fathers did not have the current understanding of history and authorship. To determine New Testament authorship as best we can, we use the earliest of the patristic sources augmented by the internal evidence of the New Testament.
There are exceptions to this, but those exceptions are uncommon. Because of the theme of this writing, he spent more time discussing sources than most writers of this era. Understanding the source of these similarities is referred to as the synoptic problem. For the most part, later sections will rely on the Gospels because this is where almost all the sayings and actions of Jesus are, and Acts, because it focuses on the early history of the church. __________  My sources for this section and its subsections are Donald Guthrie, New Testament Introduction, Raymond E. However, it is not as surprising when we realize that oral cultures contain the entire wisdom and history of their people in oral form, so much care is employed.
We must understand as much as we can about the authors of the New Testament and when they wrote it.In order to be able to use the patristic traditions to glean information, we must have a clear understanding of how their traditions changed with time.