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This thesis is diametrically opposed to the opinion of many biblical scholars, who consider the veiled mentions of the war in the synoptic Apocalypse and elsewhere in the gospels as prophecies-after-the-facts and therefore as references to the war.This interpretation of the doom prophecies are the basis for dating most New Testament writings after the end of the war in 70 CE, the four gospels being the most important of them.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.He has difficulty accepting the authors of scripture as people who cooperated in the proclamation and promulgation of the Gospel.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!He contrasts this with the apocryphal books, with their use of the earlier destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians standing in for the recent Roman actions. That there is no reason to accept the late dates becomes increasingly clear as these preconceptions are dealt with and swept aside.(Robinson contrasts the restrained style of the canonical books with the more flamboyant and detailed post-event writings of II Baruch, II Esdras, and the Sibylline Oracles.) Ultimately he supports the (then shocking) conclusion that none of the New Testament books were written after 70 A. What is also clear is that Robinson (as a theological modernist), has no conception of the church or tradition as an authority.
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.
Yet Robinson does the Church a great service by laying bare the ephemeral nature of the claims that many of the New Testament writings were not written by their ascribed authors.
He notes that the claims based on statistical word counts, diction, and style are all over the map, pointing to the probability that their differences can be ascribed as much to differences in the preconceptions used to construct the statistical algorithms.
Personally I didn’t follow up on the material provided but I’m sure it can be useful to others as he cites many authors unheard of by majority of scholars.
Also Robinson is very in-depth with his research and doesn’t leave one stone unturned. Robinson (1919-1983) was a thoroughgoing theological modernist.