I recently had cause to listen once again–the first time in years–to the debate between Hanegraaff and Hitchcock on the dating of Revelation. First off, it is clear that Hanegraaff was out of his depth when it came to the external evidence for the date of Revelation. One wonders what kind of edifying discussion it could have been had it been held with Kenneth Gentry instead, who could have presented a case for both the external and internal evidence for the early date (though I don’t accept his preterist interpretations).Continue reading “The Debate between Hanegraaff and Hitchcock”
Examining the claim that “Domitian’s reign” in Irenaeus referred to Nero (Domitius), not Domitian
The most cited passage employed as evidence that the early Christians placed John’s exile and apocalyptic vision (of Revelation) late in the first century, late in Domitian’s reign, is found in Irenaeus:
Sources do not support a Domitianic Dating
Four factors have contributed to the consensus opinion that early sources dated John’s apocalyptic vision late in Domitian’s reign:Continue reading “The Early Christians and the Dating of Revelation: Are We Too Late?”
John’s ministry in Asia Minor and the Dating of John’s Gospel and Revelation
According to a number of ancient writers, John founded the bishoprics in the churches of the province of Asia.
What was the historical situation of these ordinations, according to early Christian tradition, and what can it tell us about when early sources placed the writing of the Gospel and Revelation of John?
Continue reading “John and the Bishops of the Asian Churches”
What do we know about the martyr Antipas, and does this affect our dating of Revelation?
Antipas , who is remembered on April 11th in the calendar of the Eastern churches, is spoken of as a faithful martyr in Revelation’s letter to the church at Pergamon in Asia (Rev 2:13).Continue reading “The Martyrdom of Antipas and the Dating of Revelation”