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We know from Clement, writing around 95 AD, and other church fathers, that Paul was executed sometime during the reign of Nero, which ended in 68 AD.And we know from Josephus that James was killed in 62 AD.
In addition, tens of thousands of their countrymen were dead and hundreds of their villages burned to the ground.Even non-Christian scholars would agree that Paul wrote 1 Corinthians and that it was composed in 55 AD.In this letter, Paul speaks about the moral problems in the church and then proceeds to discuss controversies over tongues, prophecies, and the Lord’s Supper.We can reasonably conclude that most if not all of the New Testament books were written before 70 AD.Luke records all kinds of details in Acts, which is the history of the church.
Home Introduction Gallery Motives Overview and Timeline Destruction of Jerusalem Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Romans 1 and 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Phillipians Colossians 1 and 2 Thessalonians 1 and 2 Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews The Epistle of James 1 and 2Peter 1, 2 and 3 John 1 and 2Peter Revelation Manuscripts Church Fathers Links Dating the Old Testament A general timeline for events described in the New Testament and affecting the New Testament writings is shown below: In using ancient time references, it is important to count inclusively, that is, without a zero. The great Roman-Judean war resulting in the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple occurred from 66-70 A. This event, with cataclysmic effects for both the Jewish people and the Christian church, is never mentioned in the New Testament, except for a few passages in the gospels where Jesus seems to foretell it.