Dating the books of the new testament
It’s easier to answer, “When was the Bible written? The New Testament was written within a much shorter timespan, more or less in the years between 50 AD and 100 AD.
While none of the books contains a specific date of composition, scholars have managed to assign dates that are fairly accurate.
It begins: 1:1 I wrote the former account (the Gospel of Luke), Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach 1:2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after he had given orders by the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
1:3 After his suffering he had also presented himself alive to these apostles by many convincing proofs.
Further, they also present the life of Christ in a way that complements the picture given in the Gospel of John.
The following show a number of areas that are common to each of the first three Gospels: When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?
In a four-fold way, each with their own distinctive focus, but in accounts that are complementary, the four Gospels answer the questions posed by the Lord to the disciples. They show Him to be the Messiah of Old Testament expectation, the Servant of the Lord, the Son of Man, the Son of God, and the one who is the Savior of the World. “A full 37 percent of this Gospel is devoted to the events of His last and most important week.” Luke, the doctor historian, presents Jesus as the perfect Son of Man who came “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke ).
The Gospels give us God’s portrait of the person and work of Christ with four distinct pictures. Luke strongly stresses the true humanity of Christ while also declaring His deity.
Thus, under the inspiration of the Spirit, the Gospel writers set about to reveal just who Jesus really was as to His person and work. Mark seems to be addressed to the Romans, a people of action but of few words, and presents Jesus as the Servant of the Lord who came “to give His life a ransom for many.” In keeping with this, Mark, the shortest of the Gospels, is vivid, active or lively, and presents a very clear eyewitness account, especially of the last week of Jesus’ life on earth.Before beginning a survey of each of the Gospels, it might be well to say a bit about the use of the term, The Synoptic Gospels.Though each Gospel has its distinct emphasis and purpose, the first three are sometimes referred to as the Synoptic Gospels because they “see together,” that is, they have the same point of view with regard to the life of Christ, agreeing in subject matter and order.Scholars say that some of the earliest individual books were written down probably beginning near the end of the thirteenth century BC — perhaps 1200 BC or so.The last Old Testament book to be written was 1 Maccabees, probably written around 100 BC.