Early dating of the gospels
Based on this dating the war would not have been an event of the recent past, and it would be understandable that Matthew did not focus on it in his Gospel.Thus the more distance that can be put between the destruction of Jerusalem and the writing of Matthew, either geographical distance or temporal distance (or both), the more easily we can explain why this Christian Jewish author did not refer more concretely to the calamity of the Jewish War. It emerged as the descendant of ancient Israelite Religion, and is characterized by monotheism and an adherence to the laws present in the Written Torah (the Bible) and the Oral Torah (Talmudic/Rabbinic tradition).However, if Matthew wrote well away from the war zone and was not directly involved in it, then a post-70 C. dating is consistent with his lack of interest in the Jewish war. Most scholars date Matthew to the 80s or 90s, within 25 years of the destruction of Jerusalem, but it might well be the case that the evangelist wrote his work some decades later than this.
What are the most accurate dates for the canonical gospels in the New Testament as we have them?There are others who will argue vehemently that the earliest Gospel must have been written after 70 AD. The early dating of the Gospels is based on some backward calculating from events in Acts. Paul was executed around 65 AD during Nero’s reign.The most popular dating of the Gospels puts Mark (as the earliest Gospel) at 70 AD or slightly before, Matthew and Luke in the mid-80s and John in the 90s. Assuming that Luke (who wrote Acts) would have described Paul’s death if it had already happen, Acts is then dated before 65. Since most scholars assume that Luke used Mark, that puts Mark fairly early.Since it is impossible for people to predict the future, the Gospels must have been written after the destruction in 70 AD.Some scholars will let Mark be slightly before the event, when it was obvious that something like this would probably be happening. Since I’m a Christian, I don’t see it as impossible that Jesus could have made such a prophecy.