Dating of gospels
Less time for oral history means less time for legends to develop, and this points to a more reliable gospel message.
I must confess that the conservative calculations sound reasonable in parts.
There are others who will argue vehemently that the earliest Gospel must have been written after 70 AD. The early dating of the Gospels is based on some backward calculating from events in Acts. Paul was executed around 65 AD during Nero’s reign.
The most popular dating of the Gospels puts Mark (as the earliest Gospel) at 70 AD or slightly before, Matthew and Luke in the mid-80s and John in the 90s. Assuming that Luke (who wrote Acts) would have described Paul’s death if it had already happen, Acts is then dated before 65. Since most scholars assume that Luke used Mark, that puts Mark fairly early.
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.
Since the city and temple were both destroyed in the year A. 70, there is good reason to believe that these three gospels were written before this destruction took place. It is written from the perspective of the city of Jerusalem still standing.
The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture.