Liberal dating gospels

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We know this is the year St Peter and St Paul were killed in Rome during the persecution of the Emperor Nero.

Therefore Paul’s epistles and the first epistle of Peter were all written before 65 AD.

Once you go down that route of possible other authors, possible later dates and possible editorial changes–for which there is no evidence anywhere–you end up in a labyrinth of confusion and chaos–and we know who the Lord of confusion and chaos is…If we work with common sense and take things at face value it is actually very easy to discover the dating of the New Testament: First you need a verifiable historical date.

We could use 70AD the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, but we have an earlier reliable date: 65AD.

Thirdly, the death of the martyrs was an important feature for the early Christians. John does just this in his mention of the death of Peter in his gospel.

Because the deaths of Peter and Paul are not mentioned in Acts of the Apostles we can be confident that it was written before 65AD.

If Peter and Paul had died by the time it had been completed we can be sure Luke would have mentioned their martyrdom.

On the face of it, the problem is not so difficult, but what we have to do is take things at face value with common sense.

Once we get into academic theories about what might have happened it is all a bit like conspiracy theories–in which one scrap of ambiguous evidence may mean that and may mean this and may mean something else, then the theorists start building great castles in the from scraps of evidence combined with huge chunks of speculation.

Then other scholars speculate further on the speculation until the result is so far from the real events as to be laughable.

The Acts of the Apostles was written by Luke–the same person who wrote the gospel of Luke.

The Acts of the Apostles does not mention the death of Peter and Paul.

The Acts of the Apostles makes it clear that the Gospel of Luke was written before the Acts of the Apostles.