For example, Galatians was often thought to have been a very early book yet it contains the mature Paul of Romans, so even many years ago I believed that Galatians was not a very early epistle at all and must have been written around the same time as the theologically-mature Epistle to the Romans.
I had not learned of the "Robinson redating" by then, but I was later pleased that he had backed up much of what I had come to believe.
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On the basis that the fall of Jerusalem is never mentioned in the New Testament writings as a past fact, Dr.
Robinson defends that the books of the New Testament were written before A. 70....contradicting, of course, the consensus of generations of Bible scholars.
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I am especially thankful to the author for suggesting an answer to what was for me an unsolvable intellectual puzzle - namely, the relationship between Jude and Second Peter.
His hypothesis that Jude was the author of both letters (with Peter basically adding a few paragraphs to Second Peter, and then signing his name to the whole thing) sounds totally plausible.
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The Gospel of Luke was written by the same author as the Acts of the Apostles, who refers to Luke as the 'former accountant' of 'all that Jesus began to do and teach' (Acts 1:1).
The destiny ('Theophilus'), style, and vocabulary of the two books betray a common author. The significance of Gallio's judgement in Acts -17 may be seen as setting precedent to legitimize Christian teaching under the umbrella of the tolerance extended to Judaism. The prominence and authority of the Sadducees in Acts reflects a pre-70 date, before the collapse of their political cooperation with Rome. The relatively sympathetic attitude in Acts to Pharisees (unlike that found even in Luke's Gospel) does not fit well with in the period of Pharisaic revival that led up to the council at Jamnia.
The footnotes alone are exhausting (and very impressive).