Dating the new testament books
But this time there is no challenge of the virgin birth, no espousal of "the new morality," no denial of biblical absolutes.Instead, building on the basis of his numerous earlier articles and a vast knowledge of the writings of others, he finds reasons sufficient to now persuade him to date the original writing of every New Testament book to times earlier by far than are generally accepted even before the culmination of the Jewish-Roman conflict (AD.By these dates they argue that the New Testament documents, especially the Gospels, contain mythology.
But views at that time were extremely varied and scholarly disagreements volatile.
Negative critical scholars strengthen their own views as the separate the actual events from the writings by as much time as possible.
For this reason radical scholars argue for late first century, and if possible second century, dates for the autographs [original manuscripts].
Less than two centuries ago the scholarly current first began to run toward a new and different view of the New Testament.
The New Testament books were written, said the new views, neither when nor by whom the Church and tradition had long supposed and incorporated into the very titles of the books in the Authorized and other versions. Baur, dominating the scholarly scene, questioned the authorship of every book except Revelation and four of the epistles of Paul.