Dating letters paul

23 Mar

Skeptical New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman offers a brief look at how many Bible scholars estimate when the Gospels were written. The Basic Summary In the 6th edition of his textbook These estimates are very popular, and not just among skeptical scholars. My own view is that they are too late by a couple of decades, but Ehrman correctly reports their popularity in the scholarly community.What’s interesting is that he also offers a brief account of the reasons scholars propose them.Estimating an Earliest Likely Date Before trying to assign dates to particular Gospels, it can be helpful to try to identify a broader range of years in which they were composed.

I think you're assuming that the same people believe in authentic early letters of Paul and authentic late Luke, which would be an odd position to hold.

Therefore they could not be dated by knowing the author and historical criticism techniques (such as dependency of Luke on other works, seeing Luke as part of Luke-Acts which suggests it is after Paul and Peter are out of the picture etc.

etc.) which may suggest a later date could be used.

First, there is unanimous agreement among New Testament scholars that Paul wrote the First epistle to the Corinthians around 51-55 CE.3 Second, the text of 1 Corinthians 15 is substantially stable.

This is not to deny that there are variants in manuscripts, but none of them significantly affect our area of study.