Scholars date his epistles from approximately 50 to 60 C. Therefore, many individuals think that there is at least a twenty year gap between the death of Christ and the earliest Christian writings.However, most do not realize that the epistles of Paul contain creedal summaries of early Christian beliefs which possibly date as early as 35-40 C.
Paul refers to himself within the letter (10:1; “I”; biographical portions like 11--12) 3. Arrives in Ephesus in AD 53 and stays three years (Acts ; ) 2. Roman historian Colin Hemer has provided powerful evidence that Acts was written between AD 60 and 62. There is no mention in Acts of the crucial event of the fall of Jerusalem in 70. There is no hint of the outbreak of the Jewish War in 66 or of serious deterioration of relations between Romans and Jews before that time. There is no hint of the deterioration of Christian relations with Rome during the Neronian persecution of the late 60s. There is no hint of the death of James at the hands of the Sanhedrin in ca. At that time a new phase of conflict began with Christianity. Acts seems to antedate the arrival of Peter in Rome and implies that Peter and John were alive at the time of the writing. The prominence of 'God-fearers' in the synagogues may point to a pre-70 date, after which there were few Gentile inquiries and converts to Jerusalem. Luke gives insignificant details of the culture of an early, Julio-Claudian period. Areas of controversy described presume that the temple was still standing. Adolf Harnack contended that Paul's prophecy in Acts (cf. If so, the book must have appeared before those events. Christian terminology used in Acts reflects an earlier period.Harnack points to use of always designates 'the Messiah', and is not a proper name for Jesus. The confident tone of Acts seems unlikely during the Neronian persecutions of Christians and the Jewish War with the Rome during the late 60s. The action ends very early in the 60s, yet the description in Acts 27 and 28 is written with a vivid immediacy.Negative critical scholars strengthen their own views as they 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]. Apollos, an Alexandrian Jew, came to Ephesus, was instructed by Aquila and Priscilla (-26), and went over to Corinth to teach God’s word (--19:1 cf. 2 Corinthians 1:1 reports Timothy as being with Paul in Macedonia E. After the sending of Timothy, news of conflicts in the Church at Corinth reached Paul through “Chloe’s people” (Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus) (1 Cor. Paul wrote 1 Corinthians in response to the reports from “Chloe’s people” and probably sent it by Titus (cf. This allows time for Paul to engage in evangelism along the Egnatian Way and possibly in Illyricum (?