Brothers and Sisters:
I would start with the Gospel of Mark - It’s the shortest and most Scholars think it’s the first - It’s also the easiest to follow.
A simple commentary that describes Authorship and dating would sound somthing like this:
The Gospel of Mark was written by John Mark, the young convert who got home sick on St. Paul’s fist journey. After being taken in by St. Barnabas, he recovered from that such that St. Peter regarded him as trustworthy enough both to accompany him on his missions and to act as his Secratary and “Ghostwriter” for what we know as the Gospel of Mark.
The Gospel of Mark appears to have been written for the Christian Community in Rome which was composed of both Jewish converts to “The Way” as well as Pegan converts to Christianity. Romans were the first to develop ADD as a society…:rotfl:
Although some scholars date the Gospel of Mark (& the other Gospels) as being written AFTER the Fall of Jerusalem due to the prophecies of the Fall of Jerusalem contained in the Gospels (Matthew 24:15-19, Mark 13:14-19, Luke 21:20-24). Because Mark’s Gospel gives the least detail, and Luke’s the most, most of these scholars tend to date Mark earlier than Luke.
If you think about it, you’d see that their premise, that scripture can’t contain prophecies of future events, has got to be falacious, and can’t be a valid basis for dating books in religion based on the miraculous.
I’ve heard that significant pieces of Mark have been found dating from 70 A.D. The usual rule in such copies mean that the book was written at least 25 years before the fragment. That places Mark some time around 45-50 A.D. during the Reign of the Emperor Claudius.
The Gospel of Mark was written for ROMAN Believers, people who were accustomed to the pace of Roman Society. Mark has very little commentary a Roman wouldn’t have recognized, and a lot of ACTION.
The Early Christians were among the first to use a new form of book that we knew as a “book” or “codex”. It has been speculated that the Gospel of Mark had an infancy narrative and that the page it was on was lost during the 1st century of the book’s existence, and that every copy of the book left it out after that.
Your Brother in Christ, Michael, Michael