I'm a lay person preparing some
information related to the dates when OT and NT books
were written for a Bible Study group.
website seems to provide really good information.
I'm curious to know, though, how you came by the
information from each of the sources you used to come up
with the "best guess".
I like the process you
used. I like the fact that you have information from so
many sources. But just how did you get this information?
Was this solicited from them or was it available from
I'm a little skeptical about
the reliability of the data but would welcome your
response in hopes that you can relieve my skepticism.
Re: About The Chronological Listings - OT and NT
Dear Mr. Michaud,
Approximately 35 years ago, to satisfy my own
curiosity, I started collecting the dates for when
various scholars thought each book of the Bible was
written. I was also motivated to answer critics who
claimed the New Testament books were written in the
Second and Third Centuries, which allowed time for a
Christ Myth to develop. Obviously, the data provided
by the scholars would preclude a Christ Myth, as
there simply wasn't time for one to develop.
Additionally, many who had seen the risen Christ
were still alive, when the Gospel accounts were
I have A very large Logos Bible Software library of
7,400+ books, and it includes on the average 50 to
100 commentaries for each book of the Bible. The
library also includes Bible dictionary's and study
Bibles with the information. I also have
approximately 1,500 hard copy books.
I published the listing of dates on ESRI several
years ago. Later, a friend took the time to list the
data in an Excel spreadsheet. I ran the idea by Dr.
Norman Geisler, and he endorsed the concept, and we
Grace and peace,
Gary Butner, Th.D.