Their testimony is not infallible (especially when, as in the case of the tradition about Mark, the tradition is recorded over a century after the Gospel was written), but it serves as a valuable starting point when we are looking for information about the Gospels’ authors and dates, and shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.
There are also clues hidden in the text itself that can be used to date it.
It's ludicrous becuase the fundamentalist inerrency position is in shambles, at least for the Old Testament, but the out look for New Testament is not so bad.
It's funny becuase the mythers have reached back into the nineteenth century while the new trend even among liberals is toward earlier dates not latter ones.
We know that Titus the Roman destroyed the city and Temple in A. The Book Of Acts Gives A Clue To Its Date The Book of Acts also provides us with a clue as to when the gospels were written.
Acts records the highlights in the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul.
The City Of Jerusalem And The Temple Were Still Standing The first three Gospels, and possibly also the fourth, were apparently written while the city of Jerusalem was still standing.
Each of the first three Gospels contains predictions by Jesus concerning the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21), but none records the fulfillment. Hence, the composition of the first three Gospels most likely occurred sometime before this event, otherwise their destruction would have been recorded.
The inference is that Acts was written while Paul was still alive, seeing his death is not recorded. There is ancient testimony that this refers to Luke and his written gospel.The evidence shows that the four Gospels were written in a relatively short time after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.Examining the internal evidence of the New Testament itself can make this plain.No disparagement intended against Doug, who I view as a friend, but it occurred to me that he really doesn't know how scholars arrive at their views on dating so he thinks they are just spouting dogma and he said as much (if one cares to look for it).When I say a trend to earlier dating I mean it's big.