When were the gospels recorded?

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Some scholars claim that the gospels were recorded less than 70 years from the time that Jesus resurrected from the dead.  This is because Jesus foretold His disciples of the destruction of Jerusalem (Matthew 24:2) which most historians agree occurred in 70 AD. This prophecy would have likely been recorded and shared prior to this event, as God’s people who heeded the warning escaped.

There is much debate on the exact time of when each of the gospels were recorded by the different authors. Some say only Mark was written slightly less than 70 years from the time of Christ’s resurrection with Matthew and Luke coming to be some 20 years later. Some also believe that the account of John was written about 100 years after the resurrection of Christ. Since there is not an exact date on the books, as is the case with most historical works, the dating is based on the history it contains which is sometime within the first century.

The Bible is a sacred book and as God moved His messengers to write its pages, He did so by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). God only moved His authors to write the  most pertinent details and information. In the case of the gospels, the date of their written authorship was not an essential detail. The most important detail of these books is introducing the world to their Savior Jesus Christ. His character of love and mercy are revealed in its pages. Getting to know Him as one’s personal Savior appears to be the main focus (John 5:39).

While the exact dates are not sure, the messages of these precious books are certain and can be trusted. The prophecies of Matthew 24 and Mark 13 ensure the reader of this truth. The gospel books contain the history of the Savior of the world, His lineage, His life, His teachings and the account of His death and resurrection for the salvation of our lost world. These gospel accounts were recorded by God’s chosen authors who, thorough their careful report, have kept the precious stories and truths of Jesus alive for generations to come.

The Scriptures affirm, “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team