Early dating of the new testament
So in his work Against Heresies (3.15; 5, 8) he quotes from John by name, 1 John ... 464) refers to 1 Jn , as in John’s larger Epistle.'"3 "In the earliest canonical lists, dating from the end of the second century, 1 John already appears.
Indeed, 1 John is quoted as authoritative by Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna [a disciple of John the apostle] before the middle of the second century. There is no second-century reference to 3 John, but that is not surprising, since it deals with a specific, local issue."4 Furthermore, the style of the three epistles is very similar to that of the gospel of John.
These earliest accounts were handed on from generation to generation in songs, narratives, and poetry.
In those early societies there was no writing as yet and people passed on these oral accounts with great detail and accuracy.
The writings of the thirty or so other contributors to the Old Testament span a thousand years!
The earliest writing began when symbols were scratched or pressed on clay tablets.
The Egyptians refined this technique and developed an early form of writing known as hieroglyphics.
They recount the times and messages from Moses’ successor, Joshua, to the last of the Old Testament prophets, Malachi, who wrote his little tract around 450 BC.
Then there is a 500-year period when no writings were contributed to the Bible.
Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? ).18that they were saying to you, "In the last time there shall be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts." Compare this to 2 Pet. Some hold to the 90's and it is the last book written in the New Testament.