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(c) The subject matter of Acts deals with concerns important to Christianity before the destruction of Jerusalem.

For example, one of the burning issues in Acts is the relationship between Christians who had been converted from Judaism and Christians who had been converted from paganism.

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d) Acts uses expressions that faded from use early in the history of Christianity.

For example, Jesus is called “the Son of Man” and “the Servant of God,” titles that soon faded into obscurity.

William Lane Craig states, “Although most New Testament critics claim that the gospels were written after A. 70, that assertion, states Cambridge University’s John A. Robinson, is largely the result of scholarly laziness, the tyranny of unexamined presuppositions, and almost willful blindness on the part of the critics.” [1] It would seem that the unexamined presuppositions and assumptions are in need of examining, which is the goal of this article.

I will be highlighting the robust, factual and thorough work of both William Lane Craig, and that of J.

In any case, it is very apparent that the arguments for a post-70 date of the gospels hang together on certain unproved assumptions. No wonder Robinson can compare the current arguments for the dating of the gospels to a line of drunks reeling arm in arm down the street. Craig’s presentation of the evidence for a pre-70 A. (a) There is no mention of events that happened between A. From the Roman historian Tacitus we learn that Nero covered the Christians with tar, crucified them, and used them as torches to light up Rome at night.

Others were clothed in skins of wild animals and thrown to starving dogs.Also Christians are still referred to as “disciples” and the Jewish nation as “the people.” Sunday is called “the first day of the week,” another early expression.The most natural explanation for the occurrence of those expressions is that Acts was written early enough to be in touch with the climate of the early days of the Christian Way.He first begins by outlining the assumptions on which the post-A. 70 dating hinges: Most critics date the writing of Mark around A. 70 because the Christian theology in it is quite developed and Jesus’ predictions of the destruction of Jerusalem (Mark 13) show that the event was at hand. The value of those arguments, however, hinges on certain assumptions: (1) With regard to Mark, the first argument assumes that “the Christian theology” was not in fact Jesus’ own.To say it is “developed” assumes that it was once “primitive.” Actually the argument cuts both ways: one could argue that because Mark was written early, the theology is not” developed,” but truly characteristic of what Jesus taught.Such a portrayal of the Romans would have been possible before Nero’s persecution in A. 64, but afterwards it would have been an obvious and cruel misrepresentation.

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