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Synoptic prophecies on the destruction of Jerusalem

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An amazing example of uncritical dogmatism in New Testament studies is the belief that the Synoptic Gospels should be dated after the Jewish War of A.D. 66-70 because they contain prophecies eventu of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in the year 70. Usually this chronology is accepted without any discussion, although the prophecies found in Mark 13.1-37 and other places have been dated in very different ways. Scarcely any efforts are made to defend such a post-war date. When such attempts are made, the following passages are referred to, here quoted in the order of the common Synoptic narrative: Luke 19.43-44, Matthew 22.7, and the Synoptic apocalypse in Matthew 24.1-25.46 and parallels. An analysis of these prophecies will have to make it evident that none of them corresponds to what is known about the Jewish war and the destruction of Jerusalem.

Keywords: destruction of Jerusalem; Jewish War; Luke 19.43; Mark 13.1; Matthew 22.7; New Testament studies; Synoptic Gospels

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