Robinson redating the new testament
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".
Dating-of-the-NT-Chronologi Next is the timeline of the apostle Paul derived from the book of Acts and some of Paul’s own statements particularly in Galatians. 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. One of Robinson's contributions is to draw attention to the chains of inferences and preconceptions that are used by those arguing for the late dating of the canonical New Testament scriptures.
He, like most western theologians since the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, view the authors of scripture primarily as competing individuals rather than as part of the Church.
For example he says, “I began to ask myself just why any of the book of the New Testament needed to be put after the fall of Jerusalem in 70”.
He notes as well that "there is an appetite for pseudonymity that grows by what it feeds on." Once you assume pseudonymity, you see it everywhere.
He argues against a tradition of pseudonymity on the basis of historical church writings which reject books on that basis, and mention the deposing of a bishop who wrote such a pseudonymous book.
The author is clear in making his points and very well equipped with biblical verses to back them up.
(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!