Robinson redating the new testament pdf

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Yet one takes heart as one watches, in one’s own field or in any other, the way in which established positions can suddenly, or subtly, come to be seen as the precarious constructions they are.

What seemed to be firm datings based on scientific evidence are revealed to rest on deductions from deductions. Question some of the inbuilt assumptions and the entire edifice looks much less secure.

older) direction, and that from about 2000 BC back­wards the magnitude of the correction rose steeply, necessitating adjustments of up to 1000 years.Then in 1949 came the first radio-carbon revolution, which made possible the absolute dating of prehistoric materials for the first time.The immediate effect was greatly to extend the time span.“One of the oddest facts about the New Testament is that what on any showing would appear to be the single most datable and climactic event of the period – the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, and with it the collapse of institutional Judaism based on the temple – is never once mentioned as a past fact. Moule from whose New Testament seminar so small a seed has produced so monstrous a manuscript, on which he gave such kindly judgment; to my friends, Ed Ball, Gerald Bray, Chip Coakley, Paul Hammond and David Mc Kie, who advised or corrected at many points; and finally to Miss Jean Cunningham of the SCM Press for all her devoted attention to tedious detail. This is a question that the outsider might be forgiven for thinking that the experts must by now have settled.“I really have no more to say than thank you — to my long-suffering secretary Stella Haughton and her husband; to Professor C. Yet, as in archaeology, datings that seem agreed in the textbooks can suddenly appear much less secure than the consensus would suggest.

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