Dating the new testament
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 (Matthew, Peter and John).
Other scholars believe that most of the it was written before the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple in 70 A. In his book named "Redating the New Testament" John A. Two were the physical brothers of Jesus (James and Jude).
The last two were Mark (who penned his Gospel under Peter’s supervision), and Luke (who authored his Gospel and the book of Acts under the Apostle Paul's supervision). was the last living apostle, was uniquely qualified to canonize the Scriptures as he was of the Aaronic (Levitical priest) blood line. ** Acts 1 to 13 was written by Luke when Paul was in a Caesarea prison (58 - 60 A. Luke also penned Acts 13 to 28 when he traveled on Paul's journeys.
John the apostle had the distinguished role of collecting all the books extant and completing the canonization of the New Testament somewhere between 96 to 99 A. The New Testament was written by, or its writing was supervised by, the chosen disciples of Jesus Christ. 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?
The first criteria I use to test the reliability of a witness is simply this: was the alleged “eyewitness” really present when the crime occurred?
About half of American Protestants belong to churches that teach that the Bible is the inerrant "Word of God" and "inspired by God." The key word is "inerrant." Christians from antiquity onward have affirmed that the Bible is "the Word of God" and "inspired" without thinking of it is inerrant.
Catholics have never proclaimed the inerrancy or infallibility of the Bible, even as many have not been taught much about the Bible. For Christians who see the Bible this way, whatever Paul wrote to his communities in the first century is absolutely true for all time.
Biblical inerrancy is almost always combined with the literal and absolute interpretation of the Bible. For them, whatever the Gospels report that Jesus said and did really was said and done by him.
It would not only change the way the see the Bible and the New Testament, but also make them suspect and probably unwelcome in the Christian communities to which they belong.
There are also many Christians, as well as many who have left the church, for whom the inerrancy of the Bible and its literal and absolute interpretation are unpersuasive, incredible, impossible to believe.Everything else comes between: Acts, 13 letters attributed to Paul, and eight attributed to other early Christian figures.