Yet, by sheer weight of the editors' assertion, many are duped into believing that the last 12 verses of Mark are not authentic. can be summed up as follows 1) Oral tradition has it that John was banished to the isle of Patmos by the Emperor Domitian sometime around 96 A. There is no reliable evidence that John was banished to Patmos by Domitian. and was so aged and weak and infirm that he was with difficulty carried to the church, and could speak only a few words to the people." The fact that John was so old and weak as to have to be carried renders doubtful that he could possibly have written the book in 96 A. Indeed, the Revelation itself says John must again "prophesy before many peoples, nations, tongues and kings" (Rev.
To argue as do some that the subject of the verb is the apocalypse is purely arbitrary.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.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.