Dating the new testament books
Revelation is about "the last things" and the second coming of Jesus, so it makes sense that it comes at the end.Revelation and the Gospels function as bookends for the New Testament.We have provided the opinions of several hundred conservative and liberal scholars in the links below to establish the weight of scholarly evidence against all such radical views.Many eyewitnesses to the Gospel accounts were still alive, when the books of the New Testament were penned.The chart reveals that the average of the scholars believes it was written prior to the end of the First Century (between 90 and 94 AD).Interestingly, the details chart on Revelation shows that while a couple of the scholars could be considered outliers on the early end (John A. Robinson dates the Revelation as early as 68 AD) none of the scholars reviewed, conservative or liberal, put the Revelation any later than 100 AD.
It is affirmed mostly in "independent" Protestant churches, those not part of "mainline" Protestant denominations.The familiar New Testament begins with the Gospels and concludes with Revelation for obvious reasons.Jesus is the central figure of Christianity and so the New Testament begins with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.Seeing and reading the New Testament in chronological sequence matters for historical reasons. Much becomes apparent: Awareness of the above matters not just for historical reasons but also for Christian reasons. At the heart of the division, especially among Protestants, is two very different ways of seeing the Bible and the New Testament.About half of American Protestants belong to churches that teach that the Bible is the inerrant "Word of God" and "inspired by God." The key word is "inerrant." Christians from antiquity onward have affirmed that the Bible is "the Word of God" and "inspired" without thinking of it is inerrant.
The chart then gives ranges of dates for each of the books of the New Testament by adopting the range of dates identified by those scholars (both conservative and liberal), and then averaging the early dates and the later dates to show the average range. The earliest book (according to the average of the scholars) was 1 Thessalonians, penned by Paul, which was written around 50-51 AD.