Dispensationalist writers John Ankerberg and John Weldon write, “[I]ndeed, it is becoming an increasingly persuasive argument that all the New Testament books were written before 70 A. — within a single generation of the death of Christ. Consider the following from “The Identification of Babylon the Harlot in the Book of Revelation” written by D. The problem for Tommy is that there are lots of scholars that don’t agree with him, and the list is growing every year. dissertation that was later published in book form as . Robinson, no conservative himself, comes to some startling conclusions in his groundbreaking book As Gentry and others have pointed out and Ice fails to acknowledge, the pre-A. 70 date of composition for Revelation has a long and distinguished history. As Wilson notes, “Throughout the nineteenth century the majority of New Testament scholars favored a pre-70 dating of the Book of Revelation.” Tommy offers no contrary scholarship to the pre-A. 70 date except to say that most scholars agree with him.In fairness, either John or the apocalypse may be the subject.But what is the point of saying the vision was seen in recent times?) Like the spirit of Antichrist John said was already present and evidence that they were in the last days of the mosaic age (I Jno.4:3), the apostasy of the church at Ephesus and those John wrote of disproves the notion that the conditions described in Revelation "must" be assigned to a later date.He takes the position that Revelation was written around A. 95 while I and many others believe with good exegetical and historical reasons that it was written prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in A. Josh Mc Dowell takes a similar approach to dating the New Testament books: Most liberal scholars are being forced to consider earlier dates for the New Testament. Ragan Ewing in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Theology degree at Dallas Theological Seminary, a bastion of dispensational thinking.
The Syriac is among the earliest and most important versions.
Church Fathers As previously noted, several patristic writers give testimony for an early dating of Revelation.
Tertullian places John’s martyrdom at Rome at the time of Peter and Paul: “Since, moreover, you are close upon Italy, you have Rome, from which there comes even into our own hands the very authority (of apostles themselves).
Sulpicius, Orosius, etc., stupidly mistaking Dimitianou for Domitianikos, supposed Irenaeus to refer to Domitian, A. 95, and most succeeding writers have fallen into the same blunder.
The internal testimony is wholly in favor of the early date." Because of the ambiguity of Irenaeus' statement and the identity of the emperor he referred to, there is such a divergence of scholarly opinion regarding the credibility of the Irenaeus quotation as to render it almost worthless as external evidence of the later date. Moreover there is no internal evidence in the book itself upon which to corroborate this date, but much against.