Dating of the canonical gospels
Examining the internal evidence of the New Testament itself can make this plain.The City Of Jerusalem And The Temple Were Still Standing The first three Gospels, and possibly also the fourth, were apparently written while the city of Jerusalem was still standing.The church father Eusebius places the date of Matthew's gospel in A. John Was An Eyewitness To The Events The Gospel of John is usually assumed to have been the last of the four gospels composed. D 70, along with the rest of the city of Jerusalem.John testified that he was an eyewitness to the events that he recorded. This could very well be an indication that John wrote his gospel while the city of Jerusalem was still standing.D 33, these two gospels were written during the time when eyewitnesses, both friendly and unfriendly, were still alive.These eyewitnesses could either verify or falsify the information contained in the gospels.An examination of the Matthew, Mark and Luke show that each gospel has Jesus predicting the destruction of the city of Jerusalem as well as the temple.
Mark Was Likely Written Before Luke Furthermore, modern scholarship has generally assumed that the Gospel of Mark was written before Luke.
Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name John (). There Is Evidence For An Early Date For The Four Gospels When all the historical and textual evidence is amassed, it becomes clear that the four gospels were composed at a very early date either by eyewitnesses or those who recorded eyewitness testimony.
John describes the sheep gate as still standing at the time he wrote. Summary When all the evidence is in, it shows that the four gospels were written soon after the events they recorded.
Matthew Was Always Believed To Have Been Written First We now go a step further by considering Matthew's gospel.
According to the unanimous testimony of the early church Matthew was the first gospel written. If this is true, then we have a third independent source about the life of Christ written during the eyewitness period.
There is internal evidence from Acts that it should be dated before the death of Paul. Finally, the early church unanimously believed Matthew was the first gospel written.