Religion: The New Testament Dating Game

Exactly when the New Testament was written affects the interpretation of every aspect of Christian origins. Biblical scholars generally think that except for eight or nine of the letters attributed to St. Paul, the books were composed between A.D. 70 and the early 2nd century, with one or two even later. Fundamentalists believe every word in the Bible is literally true, but those who hold to "late" dating argue that much of the New Testament was not written by contemporary witnesses and tends to reflect later church views of Jesus and his Apostles....

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