John a t robinson redating the new testament
There are a limited number of more or less fixed points, and between them phenomena to be accounted for are strung along at intervals like beads on a string according to the supposed requirements of dependence, diffusion and development.
New absolute dates will force reconsideration of relative dates, and the intervals will contract or expand with the years available.
This implies more than the alteration of a few dates: it changes the entire pace and nature of the cultural development. it did not greatly affect the relative chronology for the different regions of Europe: the megalithic tombs of Britain, for instance, were still later than those further south. Then in 1966 came a second revolution, the calibration of the radiocarbon datings by dendrochronology, or the evidence of tree-rings, in particular of the incredibly long-lived Californian bristle-cone pine.
This showed that the radiocarbon datings had to be corrected in an upward (i.e.
Let me just cut some cross-sections at fifty-year intervals to show how the spanof time over which the New Testament is thought to have been written has expanded and contracted with fashion. For till then, with isolated exceptions, the historical study of the New Testament as we know it had scarcely begun.For, much more than is generally recognized, the chronology of the New Testament rests on presuppositions rather than facts.It is not that in this case new facts have appeared, new absolute datings which cannot be contested – they are still extraordinarily scarce.We have some reason to believe that Paul was put to death in the Neronian persecution of A. 64, which means the Book of Acts was composed before this time. This evidence leads us to believe that the first three Gospels were all composed within thirty years from the time these events occurred, a time when unfriendly eyewitnesses were still living who could contradict their testimony if it was not accurate. 80 date might be questioned when it comes to the Gospel of John. There is strong tradition John wrote Revelation there at that time. The evidence points out that: 1) the documents were not written long after the events but within close proximity to them, and 2) they were written by people during the period when many who were acquainted with the facts or were eyewitnesses to them were still living. Bruce, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?
This type of evidence has recently led one liberal scholar, John A. Robinson, to re-date the New Testament documents much earlier than most modern liberal scholars would have us believe. Albright, the great biblical archaeologist, to comment, “We can already say emphatically that there is no longer any solid basis for dating any book of the New Testament after A. 80, two full generations before the date between 130 and 150 given by the more radical New Testament critics of today” (William F. There is a strong possibility the apostle John’s banishment to Patmos under Domitian was as late as A. This is testified to by Clement of Alexandria, Eusebius, and Irenaeus (cf. The inescapable conclusion is that the New Testament picture of Christ can be trusted. older) direction, and that from about 2000 BC backwards the magnitude of the correction rose steeply, necessitating adjustments of up to 1000 years.