Dating of the gospels

Perhaps the best place to start is with the physical evidence.The Rylands Papyrus (P52), supposedly containing John -33 and 37-38, has been dated to around 125 - 150 AD.Eusebius obviously had no problem with rewriting history.

That’s only a couple of generations after the events that it’s describing.And when you push into the second century, you do start seeing what much more fictional accounts, you know, totally fictional accounts look like.And after you get into the second century, it’s harder to find anything that you can pin down and say, “Ah, this is a good bit of early Jesus history.” Mark Goodacre is professor of New Testament and Christian origins in the Department of Religion at Duke University.But that 30- or 40-year gap does give time for a lot of things to have happened, and it does mean that when people like Mark are writing their Gospels, they are filtering their story through events that have happened in their day.So Mark is really, really interested in the Jewish temple, and that might show that he’s writing at a time when the temple is under threat or when the temple has been destroyed.