Dating the new testament

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If Peter and Paul had died by the time it had been completed we can be sure Luke would have mentioned their martyrdom.

Luke says in his opening words, “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.”Therefore the Gospel of Luke was written before 65 AD.

We know this is the year St Peter and St Paul were killed in Rome during the persecution of the Emperor Nero.

Therefore Paul’s epistles and the first epistle of Peter were all written before 65 AD.

Style and vocabulary vary greatly within any writer’s work.

Why do scholars try so hard then to give a late date to the New Testament? If Jesus really claimed to be God incarnate–as the gospels show–then it is difficult to avoid this conclusion about him.

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