Dating of the new testament norman geisler
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. Luke centers much attention on the events that took place in Jerusalem, but he mentions nowhere in Acts the destruction of the city in A. A second event noticeably absent is the Roman Emperor Nero’s terrible persecution of the Christians in Rome.
Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days.
The Romans never appear as enemies in Luke-Acts; they are at best friendly or at worst indifferent.
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.
Others were clothed in skins of wild animals and thrown to starving dogs.
It is unbelievable that Luke could gloss over that horrible persecution in silence.