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When were the Gospels written?



    
    

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
It is important to understand that the dating of the Gospels and other New Testament books is at best an educated guess and at worst foolish speculation. For example, suggested dates for the writin...

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Mini Mike Dumais
Certainly most of the New Testament was written prior to the destruction of Jerusalem and The Temple in 70 AD. 

Jesus prophesied the destruction of the temple in the gospels: "As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down." (Luke 21:6, see also Matt. 24:2; Mark 13:2). Undoubtedly, if Matthew, Mark, and Luke were written after the destruction of the Temple, they would have included the fulfillment of Christ's prophecy in them. Since they don't, it is very strong indication that they were written before A.D. 70.

The gospel written by John the apostle is written from the perspective of an eyewitness of the events of Christ's life. The John Rylands papyrus fragment 52 of John's gospel dated in the year 135 contains portions of John 18:31-33, 37-38. This fragment was found in Egypt and a considerable amount of time would have been needed for the circulation of the gospel before it reached Egypt. It is the last of the gospels and may have been written as late as the 80's to 90's.....but no later.

Of important note is the lack of mention of the destruction of the Jewish temple in A.D. 70. But this is understandable since John does not mention Jesus' prophecy of the destruction of the Temple. He was not focusing on historical events. Instead, he focused on the theological aspect of the person of Christ and listed His miracles and words that affirmed Christ's deity. This may make sense since he already knew of the previously written gospels.

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