Dating of events in the book of acts
Remember, Acts is a book of the history of the early Christian church. If we add to this the fact that Acts does not include the accounts of "Nero's persecution of the Christians in A. This means that the gospel of Luke was written within 30 years of Jesus' death. Luke is simply recounting the events from the disciples. This is a possibiltiy, but like the reasoning used regarding Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the lack of significant historical markers is also evidence that it was written early on.
The fact that the incredibly significant destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple is not recorded is very strong evidence that Acts was written before A. The early church unanimously held that the gospel of Matthew was the first written gospel and was penned by the apostle of the same name (Matt. Lately, the priority of Matthew as the first written gospel has come under suspicion with Mark being considered by many to be the first written gospel. The historian Papias mentions that the gospel of Matthew was originally in Aramaic or Hebrew and attributes the gospel to Matthew the apostle.5 This would mean that if Matthew did write in Aramaic originally, that he may have used Mark as a map, adding and clarifying certain events as he remembered them. The earliest quotation of Matthew is found in Ignatius who died around 115 A. Therefore, Matthew was in circulation well before Ignatius came on the scene. Since Luke agrees with Matthew, Mark, and John and since there is no contradictory information coming from any of the disciples stating that Luke was inaccurate, and since Luke has proven to be a very accurate historian, we can conclude that Luke's account is very accurate. Though there is still some debate on the dates of when the gospels were written, they were most assuredly completed before the close of the first century and written by eyewitnesses or under the direction of eyewitnesses.
The various dates most widely held as possible writing dates of the Gospel are between A. As far as dating the gospel goes, Luke was written before the book of Acts and Acts does not mention "Nero's persecution of the Christians in A.
Endeavoring to establish an unquestionable time line of Bible events is not only extremely difficult, such an effort is humanly impossible. This absence of dates is because the Jewish people did not develop a system of consecutive dating. Some King James Translations contain printed dates in the margin or in the center column references.
For instance, you will find below the date of 1491 B. for the giving of the first written law to Israel (Ex. John is believed to have died in Ephesus in 100 AD.
We are then able to use the provided date to ascertain the approximate date of the Bible event under consideration. Ussher's chronology is based on ancestor tables found in the Hebrew scriptures. 20, some provide the date of 1445 for the giving of the law).
It is confusing to people when they think the giving of the Ten Commandments was a New Testament event. It will be obvious that the below time line survey consists of two main divisions, what we call B. Acts would then cover a span of about 30 years and is a valuable source of information relative to inception, growth, and problems experienced by the early church.
In some cases, I will provide multiple possible dates. John is on the Island of Patmos to receive visions that constitute the Book of Revelation.
Acts is a history of the Christian church right after Jesus' ascension. If Q actually existed then that would push the first writings of Christ's words and deeds back even further lessening the available time for myth to creep in and adding to the validity and accuracy of the gospel accounts. Therefore Matthew had to be written before he died. "Papias claimed that Mark, the Evangelist, who had never heard Christ, was the interpreter of Peter, and that he carefully gave an account of everything he remembered from the preaching of Peter."7 Generally, Mark is said to be the earliest gospel with an authorship of between A. He obviously had interviewed the eyewitnesses and written the Gospel account as well as Acts. John does not mention the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 A. Some say this is because John was not focusing on historical events.
Acts also fails to mention the incredibly significant events of 70 A. which would have been extremely relevant and prophetically important and naturally would have garnered inclusion into Acts had it occurred before Acts was written. If what is said of Acts is true, this would mean that Luke was written at least before A. 63 and possibly before 55 - 59 since Acts is the second in the series of writings by Luke. Nevertheless, it is generally believed that Matthew was written before A. Notice how Luke speaks of "them," of those who had personal encounters with Christ. Instead, John focused on the theological aspect of the person of Christ and listed His miracles and words that affirmed Christ's deity.
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