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A Short Argument for the Early Dating of the Gospels By: Gregory Koukl
The so-called "search for the historic Jesus" is over one hundred years old. Virtually nothing discovered during that time undermines the Gospel accounts.
For example, we know the Apostle Paul died during the Neronian persecution of A.D. 64. Paul was still alive at the close of Acts, so that writing came some time before A.D. 64. Acts was a continuation of Luke's Gospel, which must have been written earlier still. The book of Mark predates Luke, even by the Jesus Seminar's reckoning. This pushes Mark's Gospel into the 50s, just over twenty years after the crucifixion.A succinct argument by Gregory "Columbo" Koukl for an early dating of the earliest Christian writings. Gary Habermas does a version of this where he establishes that -- even discounting Luke's account in the Acts of the Apostles -- the apostles were preaching the resurrection and a high Christology within a year of the death of Christ.
As for the "search for the historical Jesus" -- it usually results in the persons finding a Jesus who looks a lot like them, sharing their world-view, priorities, etc. Furthermore, the only Jesus worth finding is the one depicted in the four gospels we have at hand -- the Jesus who is Lord, Savior, and Son of God.