Monday, August 18, 2014

Further Support For the Idea that the Gospel Narrative was set c 20 CE

The physical stones of the temple were never destroyed or knocked over during the Roman capture of Jerusalem c 70 CE.  Josephus makes this explicit.  All he says is that a fire destroyed and profaned the holy place within the temple.  As such these words cannot have applied to the temple given that Mark wrote them undoubtedly after the capture of the city of Jerusalem:

‘See ye this construction?  Verily I say to you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another which shall not be taken away; and this generation shall not pass until the destruction begin.  For they shall come, and shall sit here, and shall besiege it, and shall slay your children here.’

This is taken from the text of the gospel associated with the author of the Clementine literature.  Nevertheless it underscores the very same point as the synoptic texts.  The implication is clearly that Jesus was pointing to the construction of the walls of Jerusalem recent archaeological discoveries properly date to 18 CE and later.

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