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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

When was the New Testament Written ?

The Bible 
by Rev. Fr. K.K. John
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When was the New Testament Written ?

Again, coming to New Testament: Crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ are dated as 33 AD. Probable date of Matthew’s Gospel is 37 AD. 

However this date is incorrect; as according to Orthodox, Catholic and ancient scholars; first Gospel ever written was ‘Gospel of Mark’ around 70 AD. and they place the date of Matthew’s Gospel after 70 AD. 

Even granting correctness, for argument sake, that the Gospel of Matthew was written in 37 AD and was the first, there is a time gap of 4 years from resurrection and ascension to Gospel of Matthew, during which period Church and Gospel flourished throughout Jerusalem, Judea and surroundings. 

Selection of Matthias as twelfth disciple (Acts.1: 26); the first sermon of Peter, followed after advent of Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and subsequent baptism of 3000 souls (Acts. 2:41) marking the beginning of the Church; first healing lame man by Peter- the head of all apostles (Acts. 3:6); Ordination of Deacons (Acts. 6:6); Stephen’s martyrdom (Acts. 7:60); Saul’s conversion as Paul, etc. took place before even the first letter of New Testament was written.

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