One of the evidences of this earlier dating of Matthew’s Gospel is that early church leaders such as Irenaeus, Origen, and Eusebius recorded that Matthew first wrote his gospel for Jewish believers while he was still in Israel. Also, the fact that even at that time there would have been a considerable number of eyewitnesses around to dispute and discredit any false claims, and the fact that none of the “hard sayings” of Jesus were taken from the Gospel accounts, further supports their accuracy.
(2d ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005), but it is based on the text.
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word.
It is clear that the author was successful in providing an accurate and detailed description of the life of Jesus and the start of the Christian church.
Understanding when the book of Acts was written allows us to determine when many other New Testament books were composed.
For example, suggested dates for the writing of the Gospel of Matthew range from as early as A. On the other hand, there are many scholars who look to a much earlier dating of the New Testament books.
Generally, one will find that the presuppositions of the scholars greatly influence their dating of the Gospels.Most of the dates can be determined precisely by correlating biblical events with extensive historical documents and archaeological evidence.Dates with an asterisk denote approximate or alternative dates.Some scholars believe that this would place the writing of Matthew as early as A. The writers left far too many “hard sayings,” and culturally unacceptable and politically incorrect accounts that would need explaining.The following chart provides a detailed New Testament timeline. This wide range of dates from scholars indicates the subjective nature of the dating process.