So apparently more the level of sophistication of theological views are not necessarily determinants of relative chronology.Some scholars have argued John is the earliest gospel.
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(See an earlier post for details and links.) Dating Matthew and Luke Once more Ehrman gives reasons for assigning Matthew and Luke a decade or more subsequent to Mark.
No absolute dates (as for Paul in the 50’s, and knowledge of events that took place in 70 ce) are or can be independently determined here.
It would be too complex a discussion in this context, and it is enough that Ehrman has at least stated that there are “reasons” and it is not just a whimsy.
But the key point to notice is that Ehrman uses this relative date of Mark (relative to the other gospels) to assert that Ehrman is presenting the standard dating method found in most basic texts that treat the subject.
The absolute dates cited (80-85 ce) are based solely on a hypothetical construct of gospel origins and on a placement relative to Mark.