Bible and dating
The Proverbs speak of those with whom we should associate (i.e., the wise).
They also have much to say about those with whom we should not associate.
Noth's dating was based on the assumption that the history was completed very soon after its last recorded event, the release of King Jehoiachin in Babylon c.
560 BCE; but some scholars have termed his reasoning inadequate, and the history may have been further extended in the post-exilic period.
As you know, there are some Christians who believe that any dating is inappropriate.
It seems to me that one has trouble defending this view from Scripture.
Assuming that dating is appropriate under certain conditions, the next question is, “Does the Bible forbid dating an unbeliever?
This would not only exclude unbelievers, but it would also exclude many who profess to be believers as well.Within the context of a friendship relationship, the Gospel can surely be shared.I would raise another set of standards, which are given to us in the Book of Proverbs.The letter concerns the question of whether Gentile converts are required to adopt full Jewish customs.c. A genuine Pauline letter, it mentions "Caesar's household," leading some scholars to believe that it is written from Rome, but some of the news in it could not have come from Rome.It seems rather to date from an earlier imprisonment, perhaps in Ephesus, from which Paul hopes to be released.c. Some scholars believe Colossians dates from Paul's imprisonment in Ephesus around 55 CE, but differences in the theology suggest that it comes from much later in his career, around the time of his imprisonment in Rome.c. If this is a genuine Pauline epistle it follows closely on 1 Thessalonians.
This table summarises the chronology of the main tables and serves as a guide to the historical periods mentioned.