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Evidence for when Acts was written.

 
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  DATE WRITTEN
Scholars listed EARLY LATE AVERAGE
Peter Ainslie, Ph.D.  A.D. 62 or 63 to 70 62 70 66.0
An Introduction to the New Testament, D.A. Carson Ph.D. & Douglas J. Moo, PhD mid 60's 64 65 64.5
Apologetics Study Bible, Ted Cabal, Ph.D. Editor 60 61 60.5
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, Walter A. Elwell, Ph.D. 63 63 63.0
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, A.D. 60 60 60 60.0
Believer's Bible Commentary, William McDonald, Ph.D. Arthur Forstad, Ph.D. A.D. 62 to 63 62 63 62.5
Believer's Study Bible, W.A.Criswell, Ph.D., Editor,  A.D. 63  63 0 31.5
The Bible Knowledge Commentary, John Warlvood, Ph.D., Roy Zuck, Ph.D.  A.D. 60 to 62 60 62 61.0
Craig L. Bloomberg, Ph.D. Not later than A.D. 62 62 62 62.0
Blue Letter Bible, AD 62 or 63 62 63 62.5
Raymond Brown, Ph.D. same as Luke (85, give or take 5-10 years) 75 95 85.0
F.F. Bruce, Ph.D. It is difficult to fix the date of the composition of Acts more precisely than at some point within the Flavian period (AD 69-96), possibly about the middle of the period.    69 96 82.5
D.A. Carson, R.T. France, and G.J. Wenham, eds. New Bible Commentary: 21 Century Edition, 60 to 65 CE 60 65 62.5
Dictionary of Jesus and The Gospels, Joel B. Green, Ph.D. and Scot McKnight, Ph.D.  64 65 64.5
M. G. Easton M. A., D. D., AD 63 or 64 63 64 63.5
Thomas Ehelbert, Ph.D. after A.D. 70 71 71 71.0
Joseph S. Exell, Ph.D.  AD 63 63 63 63.0
James M. Efird, Ph.D. AD 80 to 85 80 85 82.5
ESV Bible, Wayne Gruden General Editor 62 64 63.0
ESV Study Bible, AD 62 62 62 62.0
David A. Fiensy, Ph.D. Between AD 62 to 64 62 64 63.0
Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Ph.D. AD 85 85 85 85.0
Dennis Gaertner, Ph.D. AD 63 63 63 63.0
Kenneth O. Gangel, Ph.D. Holman New Testament Commentary Not later than A.D. 64 64 64 64.0
Norman L. Geisler, Ph.D. AD 62 or before. After Luke in 60 62 60 61.0
Robert H. Gundry, Ph.D.  A.D. 62 to 63 62 63 62.5
Donald Guthrie, Ph.D. Between AD 62 to 64 62 64 63.0
Gary R. Habermas, Ph.D.  A.D. 62 to 65 62 65 63.5
Colin Hemer, Roman Historian  by AD 62 62 62 62.0
A.E. Hill, Ph.D. AD 63 to 64 63 64 63.5
John Holland, Ph.D. AD 68 to 78 68 78 73.0
Holman Bible Handbook, David S. Dockery, Ph.D. Editor 62 62 62.0
R. Jamieson, A.R. Fausset, and D. Brown, eds.  AD 50 to 60 50 60 55.0
Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D. AD 85 85 85 85.0
Howard Clark Kee, Ph.D. AD 85 85 85 85.0
Robet Gromacki,  Th.D.  A.D. 59 to 61 59 61 60.0
Craig S. Keener, Ph.D. AD 70's 70 70 70.0
Simon J. Kistemaker, Ph.D. prior to AD July 19, 64 63 63 63.0
Werner Georg Kummel, Ph.D. AD 80 to 90 80 90 85.0
William J. Larkin, Jr., Ph.D. early AD 60's 60 60 60.0
John MacArthur, Ph.D. approximately AD 60 to 62 62 62 62.0
K.E. Malberg, AD 63 to 64 63 64 63.5
Bruce Metzger, Ph.D. AD 85 85 85 85.0
J.P. Moreland , Ph.D. ca. 62 to 64 Professor of Philosopohy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University 62 64 63.0
M.S. Mills, Ph.D. Acts 28:30 requires that we date the writing of this book in ad 62, a time when Nero was Emperor, and before the first Roman persecution of Christians was mounted. 62 62 62.0
Thomas Nelson's KJV Study Bible, Wayne A. Brindle, Th.D. Editor 62 62 62.0
Nelson's NKJV Study Bible, Earl D. Radmacher, Th.D. General Editor 61 64 62.5
S.L. Peterson, AD 85  Timeline Charts of the Western Church 85 85 85.0
John B. Polhill, Ph.D. Around AD 70 70 70 70.0
Reformation Study Bible, R.C. Sproul, Ph.D. General Editor, early 60;s 60 62 61.0
J.A.T. Robinson, Ph.D. Complete by AD 62  62 62 62.0
T. Robinson, AD 85 to 90 The Bible Timeline 85 90 87.5
Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D., Ryrie Study Bible AD 61  61 61 61.0
Edward P. Sanders, Ph.D. AD 75 to 85 75 85 80.0
William Smith, Ph.D. Smith's Bible Dictionary. A.D. 63 63 63 63.0
Edward J. Tinsley, Ph.D. AD 95 95 95 95.0
Edward Schweizer, Ph.D. AD 80 to 85  80 85 82.5
Merrill F. Unger, Ph.D. Th.D, A.D. 61 61 61 61.0
Franklin W. Young, Ph.D. AD 80 to 90 80 90 85.0
The Woman's Study Bible, Dorothy Kelley Patterson, Ph.D. General Editor 61 53 57.0
Willmington's Bible Handbook, Harold L. Willmington, Ph.D. 60 60 60.0
Glo-Bible 63 70 66.5
Number Scholars 62
Range of Dates (Averaged) 66.7 AD  to 68.1 AD
Average of Dates 67.4 AD

  An early date is supported by:
   1. Acts ends with Jerusalem and the temple still standing. Their destruction occurred in A.D. 70.
  2. Chapter 28 ends with Paul under house arrest, but free to preach to all. This had to occur before the A.D. 64 great fire for which Nero blamed Christians.   
  3. Acts does not mention Paul's death, which appeared imminent in 2 tim. 4, and occurred - ca. A.D. 65.
  4. Near the end of Acts, Luke portrays the Roman government as benevolent towards Christianity, and attitude that changed after A.D. 64.
  5. Certain vocabulary points towards an early date. This includes, "disciple", "first day of the week", "the Lord's Day", "the people of Israel",
  6. There is no indication the Jewish War had begun (in A.D. 66).
  7. There is no indication Nero's perscutions commenced (in A.D. 64).
  8. The Apostle James is still alive, and he died, according to Josephus in A.D. 62.
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