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Reply: This refers to the challenge to the earlier, I think much looser, dating of the New Testament which was around prior to something like the 1970s. After much research and analysis, Robinson came up with new proposed dates for the New Testament books which, in my opinion, make far more sense. Indeed, the temple was referred to by the Apostle John in Revelation 11 as though it were still standing. While the author is finite and fallible (as he admits) he does an amazing job dealing with the arguments and counter-arguments and confidently arriving at a date.The author is clear in making his points and very well equipped with biblical verses to back them up.However, for the Eastern Church, the question of who wrote what is subordinate to the question of inspiration and canonicity.Where the modern scholar might look askance at seeming interpolations such as the ending chapter of the Gospel of Mark, within the Eastern Church this interpolation is not a problem, because the Church determined that the supposed (and probable) interpolation is part of inspired scripture.(Actually I’m surprised at some of the connections he makes with verses from other books, tying it in beautifully with the historical account) If you’re looking for a scholarly work on the dating of the New Testament, this is a must read!Robinson goes through each book of the New Testament with the historical hinge laying on the importance of 70 AD, the destruction of the Jewish temple.
He also is well aware of what other scholars before him have done, most notably: Lightfoot, Westcott, Hort, Reicke, Guthrie, and others.
His main and final conclusion thus is “There is, first of all, the observation that all the various types of the early church’s literature (including the Didache, a version of its ‘manual of discipline’) were coming into being more or less concurrently in the period between 40 and 70.”This book will definitely effect you if not completely change your mind on the assumed dates that you have been taught without any internal exegetical or external historical evidence. At some point he asked himself "why any of the books of the New Testament needed to be put after the fall of Jerusalem in 70." He notes that none of the books make any reference (actual or metaphorical) to the destruction of Jerusalem as a past event. Robinson (1919-1983) was a thoroughgoing theological modernist.
This is the complete dating of the New Testament to which Robinson arrives after detailed and scrupulous research. He contrasts this with the apocryphal books, with their use of the Bishop Dr. He began writing this book as a theological exercise, as "little more than a theological joke".
This earlier dating of Revelation fits with the fact that John seems to assume a still-standing temple in Revelation 11, it also fits with John clearly identifying the coming great persecution of Nero (AD 60s) and the widely-believed concept that at least some of Revelation's symbols (if not all) refer to the catastrophic events of AD70-73.
While the author is finite and fallible (as he admits) he does an amazing job dealing with the arguments and counter-arguments and conf This week’s book comes from the sedate author, Dr. Being exposed to some of the preteristic authors dating the book of Revelation in 68 AD, I was curious to find out what are the actual dates of the books of the New Testament.