Sometimes controversy rages over the question of whether biblical works have been rewritten, interpolated, redacted, forged . . . In this context it is interesting to observe what happened — and why — in a well known case “by law”. Understanding the culture of ancient minds can often add enlightenment in many directions. Continue reading “Ancient forgeries — by lawful decree”
This is a short list points I have distilled from Tyson’s Marcion and Luke-Acts . This section will summarize the evidence adduced for an early date for the composition of Acts (pre-70 C.E. — before or around the trial and execution of Paul and the fall of Jerusalem) and the arguments against the interpretation of this evidence.
Future posts will look at evidence for:
- an “intermediate” date (usually around the last couple of decades of the first century/very early second century);
- and for a late date (well into the second century C.E. — even possibly as late as the mid or latter half of the second century C.E.) Continue reading “Dating the Book of Acts: 1, Evidence for the early date (before 70 c.e.)”