Gospel fragments dating to 50ad

Posted by / 12-Jun-2018 12:04

Gospel fragments dating to 50ad

Given the pointed emphasis in the above quotation from BE to showing readers that there are “reasons” for each step of the dating process, this omission demands an explanation.I suggest that the reason is that the assumption of historicity underlying the gospel narrative, and its related model of ‘oral tradition’, demand as early a date as possible for the written gospels.Here we have in a convenient nutshell the basic reasons behind the widely accepted dates for the Gospels.Bart Ehrman explains he is not going into details here, and one can find in the literature more nuanced arguments for relative and other dates assigned to the gospels.Personally, I look forward to the day when there is some conclusive evidence that at least some of the Gospels are much earlier than many modern scholars are even willing to consider.

No absolute dates (as for Paul in the 50’s, and knowledge of events that took place in 70 ce) are or can be independently determined here.Dating the Gospels between 70 ce and 95 ce We are told that most scholars agree on this range of dates.It was also explained at the outset that they did so for “a variety of reasons”.And while granting this argument, it seems to me that there may be a bias on the part of many of these skeptics, who are convinced a priori that the Gospels must be dated relatively late.Unfortunately, the fragments are too small to carbon date at present, without destroying them.

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I have only seen this study mentioned in one other place (a Fundamentalist website).

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