The purpose? Gracious. I hardly know where to begin. For well over two years I’ve been listening to the New Testament as I wash dishes, drive, walk. As I have questions, I’ve been doing hard research. For decades, I’ve wanted to know when & where the books of the New Testament were written. I specifically remember the year 2006, when the phrase “only Luke is with me” jumped off the page of 2nd Timothy. I was fascinated. Luke? As in the Gospel of Luke?
Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 2 Timothy 4:11 NIV
And Mark? Who was he? Was he one of the twelve disciples?
Question after question. Well, after all this time, after all the books ordered from Amazon, and all the trips to one of the largest Theological libraries in North America, I’m convinced it was Luke. Luke was there, with Paul c. 66 A.D. Where? Rome. His last imprisonment before his execution by decapitation on order of Nero 67 A.D. And the Mark he was referring to was indeed the author of the Gospel of Mark. And when was Mark written? 45 A.D. What about Luke? Probably in two stages. From 52-56 A.D. in Philippi, (chapters 3 through the end), the first two chapters 57-58 in the Jerusalem area, and the final touches, 60-62 AD. in Rome.
This blog is about dates. Not the friday night kind. Not the edible kind that looks like a big raisin.
It is about the who, when, where and why of the 27 books found in the New Testament.
I’m on an adventure. I keep learning. It is exciting.
So, sign up for email alerts. Make comments. Ask questions. Share the blog. I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting, or how much I’ll be editing previous posts… I tend to do that.
As you’ll see, in the first post “Who Wrote the Gospels”, written over a year ago, my mind changed regarding the anonymity of the Gospels after I’d written it, (thus the edits) and since then the simple view I expressed in the corrections of the article have changed again. That’s why I’ve been hesitant to really push this blog. My understanding gets more refined as I go along.
I’ll try to make posts brief and relevant. Share. Make comments. Bless you. Whoops. I repeated myself….