Letters of St. Paul That Must Be Dated AFTER AD 69

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    Mar 12, 2015 9:34 PM GMT
    Dr. Ehrman, there is a problem with the Pauline Letters.

    While Jesus says the Temple will be destroyed

    (therefore, not giving Jesus the benefit of prophecy, gospels are dated after AD 70)

    2 Thess, not an authentic letter of Paul says a lawless one will exalt himself to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god.

    This happened during the Jewish Revolt. Therefore, this letter of Paul is written after AD 70, unless we can come up with incident prior to that.

    1 Cor, 5: 7 speaks of Jesus as a paschal lamb sacrificed.
    2 Cor, 3: 6 speaks of a new covenant.
    Both 1 & 2 Cor are authentic letters of Paul.

    The Gospels included a rationalization of why Jesus had to be sacrificed.

    His crucifixion was interpreted as a sacrifice for atonement.

    Communion represented a new covenant.

    The Gospels were written after AD 69.

    If Paul was attacked by Jews for telling Gentiles they did not need to be circumcised, the New Testament should also tell us that he was attacked for teaching the body and blood metaphor for remembrance of Jesus (paschal lamb) and for saying the Jewish covenant with God was null and void and a new covenant was needed.

    Paul could not have gotten away with this unless Temple authorities were too occupied with Civil War and the 1st Jewish-Roman War or slightly later when the Temple was gone.

    Therefore, 1 Cor. and 2nd Cor. need to be dated after AD 69, after Paul died.

    Either we re-date these three letters or we say they were redacted after AD 69.

    Your comments would be appreciated.
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    Mar 13, 2015 3:36 PM GMT
    Dr. Bart Ehrman

    We don't know if Paul was attacked for these things or not.