John gospel dating
I have argued previously that the omission of these events from the book of Acts in particular suggests that Acts was written in the early 60’s and that Luke’s gospel precedes this date.
But what if there was internal indication to suggest that the temple was still standing at the time the gospel narratives were penned?
It seems reasonable to suppose that, had the gospels or Acts been written after those events had taken place, there would be some indication.He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Among them was the great fire of Rome which broke out in A. 64, resulting in Nero cracking down on Christians, thus greatly exacerbating the perseuction of the early church. Regarding the great fire of Rome, recounts that rumours arose that the fire was the result of an order from the Emperor Nero himself.Even as early as the late first century, Clement of Rome writes of the martyrdom of the apostles Peter and Paul, saying (1 Clement 5),“Let us set before our eyes the illustrious apostles.