Dating how old
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This table summarises the chronology of the main tables and serves as a guide to the historical periods mentioned.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
Much of the Hebrew Bible or the Protocanonical Old Testament may have been assembled in the 5th century BCE.
The five books are drawn from four "sources" (distinct schools of writers rather than individuals): the Priestly source, the Yahwist and the Elohist (these two are often referred to collectively as the "non-Priestly" source), and the Deuteronomist.