Also, Luke's gospel discusses an apparent myriad of preceding gospels written "by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses…" The phrase "from the beginning" likewise implies a passage of time, as does the fact that there were "many" who preceded Luke in writing gospels. Therefore, Matthew was in circulation well before Ignatius came on the scene. There may be further evidence for an early date for Luke's gospel. Did Jesus Fulfill Prophecy? Moreover, even the latest of the accepted gospel dates are not based on evidence from the historical, literary or archaeological record, and over the centuries a more "radical" school of thought has placed the creation or emergence of the canonical gospels as we have them at a much later date, more towards the end of the second century. It is often interpreted as a Gnostic text.
Acts is a history of the Christian church right after Jesus' ascension.
Dating the Gospels: Harder than You Might Think
Luke was not an eyewitness of the life of Christ. First Name. But others—myself included—believe Paul wrote it and would place it near the end of his life, perhaps around A. When all the historical and textual evidence is amassed, it becomes clear that the four gospels were composed at a very early date either by eyewitnesses or those who recorded eyewitness testimony. Further information: Mark was not an eyewitness to the events of Jesus' life.