Dating of new testament

19-Oct-2015 09:15

The authors must have clear links to the eyewitnesses (or be eyewitnesses) to reduce the possibility of communication mistakes.

Much of the information we have about the authors of the New Testament comes from the church fathers, the leaders of the church in the post-apostolic age.

The more important a tradition is, the more stable it is, because people are more careful when they give and receive it.

There is an unbroken chain of writers discussing the New Testament that goes back to soon after the Gospels were written.

The writings of the church fathers are referred to as "the tradition" or as "patristic sources" in most discussions of this subject. All information from after this time either depends on earlier available sources or is suspect because we are unable to determine what the earlier sources are.

Before we can talk about what the New Testament says, we have to justify that what it says can be trusted.

Much of the information we have about the authors of the New Testament comes from the church fathers, the leaders of the church in the post-apostolic age.The more important a tradition is, the more stable it is, because people are more careful when they give and receive it.There is an unbroken chain of writers discussing the New Testament that goes back to soon after the Gospels were written.The writings of the church fathers are referred to as "the tradition" or as "patristic sources" in most discussions of this subject. All information from after this time either depends on earlier available sources or is suspect because we are unable to determine what the earlier sources are.Before we can talk about what the New Testament says, we have to justify that what it says can be trusted.We must understand as much as we can about the authors of the New Testament and when they wrote it.