Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Dating the New Testament part 2

In his book Redating the New Testament John A.T. Robinson (1919–1983) argues for dating all of the New Testament before 70 AD. Though Robinson is not overly conservative and he seems to allow for an errant text, he takes the internal evidence and the early church fathers seriously. His dating seems consistent with a high view of Scripture. He dates some of Paul letters from his imprisonment at Caesarea, though others would place the letters during his latter imprisonment at Rome.

Note how early he dates the Pastoral letters. The Robinson scheme has all the books  completed prior to the destruction of the temple in 70 AD.

BookDate
James 47–48
1 Thessalonians early 50
2 Thessalonians 50–51
1 Corinthians spring 55
1 Timothy autumn 55
2 Corinthians early 56
Galatians later 56
Romans early 57
Titus late spring 57
Philippians spring 58
Philemon summer 58
Colossians summer 58
Ephesians late summer 58
2 Timothy autumn 58
Mark 45–60
Matthew 40–60+
Luke 57–60+
Jude 61–62
2 Peter 61–62
Acts 57–62+
1 John 60–65
2 John 60–65
3 John 60–65
1 Peter spring 65
John 40–65+
Hebrews 67
Revelation late 68 (–70)

2 comments:

  1. Hi - I've been having this discussion on another forum. ;-)

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  2. Hi. Is it interesting? Is it a public forum? If so where?

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