Was the New Testament written in the early first century CE or at a much later date? Sturdy's work was conceived as a reply to John Robinson's Reading the New Testament, which dated the New Testament material very early. Sturdy argued that the Pauline letters are in places interpolated, Colossians, Ephesians and the Pastorals are pseudonymous, and that Luke and Acts are not by the same author. He believed that Matthew was the last Synoptic Gospel to be written, with John assigned to the period 140 CE. Redrawing the Boundaries offers a radical approach to New Testament Studies that stands in a long tradition of scholarship represented by the Tuebingen School in Germany.
John Sturdy was Dean of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, until his death in 1996, and taught German in the Divinity Faculty. Jonathan Knight is Research Fellow of the Katie Wheeler Trust, and previously Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Sheffield University and Research Assistant to Bishop Stephen Sykes.