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The temple was destroyed sometime around AD 70.

Which books of the Bible were written after that catastrophe?

Do these books comment at all on the destruction of the temple?

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Good question but hard to answer. There may be some books written by Church Fathers having references to this event but there is no such book in the Bible as we have now. –  Mawia May 27 '13 at 9:05
@Mawia Well, the Revelation to S John the Divine is generally believed to have been written between AD70 and AD95. But you're right that beyond superficial relative dates, there is very little evidence at all as to the actual date of any book. –  Andrew Leach May 27 '13 at 10:03
@AndrewLeach Even the Book of Revelation does not have any reference to the AD 70 catastrophe. –  Mawia May 27 '13 at 10:32

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The dating of the New Testament is a matter of some controversy, so there is no consensus answer to the question of which ones were written after the destruction of the temple. (The Old Testament books were of course written well before).

No New testament documents make clear reference to the destruction of the temple. Some appear to prophecy the destruction, but it is clearly written as prophecy and not fulfilment, and even then it is not an absolute certainty. Many scholars use this information to date the NT canon as fixed before the destruction of the temple, on the reasonable grounds that had it been known about some NT writers would certainly have mentioned it as evidence of the correctness of prophecy. Bishop John A Robinson makes a well-argued case for this in his book "Redating the New Testament", or its popular version "Can we Trust the New Testament?".

Extensive quotes of the New Testament in letters known to be written at the end of the 1st century AD show that the NT documents were well known and accepted by that time, although it is technically possible that they may have undergone further editing between then and the dates of the first positively dated manuscripts from a hundred years later.

See the excellent summary on Wikipedia.

So to answer the questions:

  1. Probably none of them
  2. No, they don't.
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