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When were the gospels written?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

Posted January 3, 2011 at 8:56 AM via web

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When were the gospels written?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 3, 2011 at 9:10 AM (Answer #1)

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Of course, there is no way to know precisely when any of the gospels of the Christian New Testament were written.  It is not as if they come with copyright pages that we can check.  Instead, scholars have had to try to date the gospels based on things such as events that they refer to.  Because of this, there is a great deal of ambiguity as to when the gospels were written.  Church historians tend to want to place the dates earlier whereas more secular scholars opt for later dates.

The secular scholars believe that the gospels were written between 65 AD (the earliest date assigned to Mark) and 110 (the latest date given for John).  Church scholars argue for dates ranging from 50 to 100 AD.

Again, we cannot know for sure, but we have a good idea as to the range of dates during which these books were being written.

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Chantelm | Student, Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted January 29, 2014 at 1:58 AM (Answer #2)

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Matthew was written around a.d 45-55. Mark was written in about a.d 64-68. Luke was written around a.d 65. John was written around a.d 85-95

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