Dating new testament manuscripts
Again, Irenaeus, writing near the end of the second century states, “Afterward, John, the disciple of the Lord, who also had leaned upon His breast, did himself publish a Gospel during his residence at Ephesus in Asia.” Early church history records that John lived the final years of his life in Ephesus, dying as an old man sometime near the end of the first century.
This means that these two manuscripts date to within 100-150 years of the original autographs.
Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain Scholars date the writing of Matthew’s gospel to the late 50’s or early 60’s in the first century.
For this reason radical scholars argue for late first century, and if possible second century, dates for the autographs [original manuscripts].It is also an odd place to end the book if years have passed since the pre-62 events transpired.If Acts was written in 62 or before, and Luke was written before Acts (say 60), then Luke was written less than thirty years of the death of Jesus.For comparison, Pliny the Elder wrote his encyclopedia, Papyrus P98 comes from an ancient scroll and contains the earliest manuscript of the book of Revelation.
Photo Credit: L’Institut français d’archéologie orientale (IFAO), Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain The manuscript was first published by Guy Wagner in 1971, who dated it to the second century. 185, Irenaus wrote that the book of revelation was composed, “almost in our day, towards the end of Domitian’s reign.” Domitian reigned from A. 81-96, which is one of the reasons many scholars believe the book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John sometime in the 90’s.All of the books of the New Testament were written within a lifetime of the death of Jesus of Nazareth.