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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press; New edition edition (November 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0334023009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334023005
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Prokop on March 10, 2014
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I would have given this much-needed book 5 enthusiastic stars, were it not for the author's apparent compulsion to tell us EVERYTHING he knows about a particular topic before moving on to the next. The footnotes alone are exhausting (and very impressive).

But once you manage to wade through the data dump, what is there is amazing. Robinson absolutely kicks the slats out from under fashionable "scholarship" that jumps at every tiniest shred of a speculation to confidently declare a late dating for the New Testament. This book does not "prove" early authorship, but it does make the case that it is eminently reasonable to believe in it.

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.

Essential reading to anyone interested in how the New Testament came to be. Just be prepared for a LOT of information.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Clark on June 13, 2013
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Robinson presents a fine case for the early dating of the New Testament. While critics prefer late dating to discount the possibility of fulfilled prophecy (fall of Jerusalem), Robinson lays out a reasonable well-research argument for the logical dating of the manuscripts in the middle of the first century. Well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 21, 2014
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John A.T. Robinson (1919-1983) was an author and former Anglican Bishop, as well as Dean of Trinity College until his death from cancer. He first achieved fame as the author of the book Honest to God, which was written in 1963 while he was still serving as a bishop in the Anglican church in Woolrich, England. He has also written books such as Can we trust the New Testament?, But That I Can't Believe, On Being the Church in the World, etc. [NOTE: page numbers below refer to the 369-page 1976 hardcover edition.]

He wrote in the first chapter of this 1976 book, “the chronology of the New Testament documents has scarcely been subjected to fresh examination… No one since Harnack has really gone back … to examine the presuppositions on which the current consensus rests. It is only when one pauses to do this that one realizes how thin is the foundation for some of the textbook answers and how circular the arguments for many of the relative datings. Disturb the position of one major piece and the pattern starts disconcertingly to dissolve. That major piece for me was the gospel of John. I have long been convinced that John contains primitive and reliable historical tradition… But one cannot redate John without raising the whole question of its place in the development of New Testament Christianity. If this is early, what about the other gospels? Is it necessarily last in time?” (Pg.
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This book is written by a NT scholar and is kind of on the border between being on the one hand, inaccessible to the layman, and on the other hand, being a carefully documented presentation of the case for redating the NT documents downward, being written for other scholars. So it takes some effort to read and especially to understand the arguments, but worth it if you want to really understand the basis for various dating claims by skeptical scholars and be able to evaluate the evidence for yourself. The challenge for the author is to understand the position taken by the Tubingen School of textual critics in Germany, and those who followed afterwards; to assess where the evidence would appear to lead; and to produce a revised estimate for authorship date for each NT book (as well as a couple of other historical books from this general period). He carefully assesses the data, logic, and assertions of the past, which differ greatly between various authors, to gradually put forward his case for each book. There are several known historical benchmarks that aid in this process. For instance Galio, mentioned in Acts 18, was appointed proconsul in 51AD and died within a year of malaria; Caligula ordered Jews from Rome in 49AD, which prompted Priscilla and Aquilla's meeting with Paul; Nero was emperor from 54-68 and started heavy persecution of Christians in around 64AD; Jesus step-brother James was executed in Jerusalem in 62AD during a short period without a Roman governor of Judea; and the temple of Jerusalem was destroyed in 70AD never to return.Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mark j ostertag on August 21, 2014
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A MUST READ!
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