In addition to the fact that this web site has a very similar name to his book, those who have read his book will remember that its central argument is similar to the one presented here: that the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A. was very important in the early church time period, and that the New Testament shows evidence of being written before that date.Robinsons book was significant, since Robinson was a formidable scholar, and also somewhat surprising, since he was not at all conservative in other matters of theology.It is also an odd place to end the book if years have passed since the pre-62 events transpired.If Acts was written in 62 or before, and Luke was written before Acts (say 60), then Luke was written less than thirty years of the death of Jesus.
The writers created the events contained, rather than reported them.Assuming the basic integrity and reasonable accuracy of the writers, this would place the reliability of the New Testaments beyond reasonable doubt. Since the book was composed in Asia Minor and this fragment was found in Egypt, some circulation time is demanded, surely placing composition of John within the first century.Of the four Gospels alone there are 19,368 citations by the church fathers from the late first century on. Whole books (Bodmer Papyri) are available from 200.This would mean that one or two of the Gospels could have been written as early as seven years after the crucifixion. The earliest undisputed manuscript of a New Testament book is the John Rylands papyri (p52), dated from 117 to 138.At the latest they were all composed within the lifetimes of eyewitnesses and contemporaries of the events. This fragment of John's gospel survives from within a generation of composition.To illustrate this point, former liberal William F. 'Thanks to the Qumran discoveries, the New Testament proves to be in fact what it was formerly believed to be: the teaching of Christ and his immediate followers between cir. 80 AD' (, in which he posited revised dates for the New Testament books that place them earlier than the most conservative scholars ever held. Papias, companion of Polycarp, who was a disciple of the apostle John, quoted John.