Date of John
Following the discussion on the dating of John based on P52 (see the HTR article mentioned by Mark Goodacre), Sean Winter has mentioned the possibility of potential early dating of John. Although I think a post 70 dating of John is fairly clear, it is the critique of assumptions mentioned by Sean that I think are sadly ignored too often in NT scholarship e.g. developed theology or Christology that suggests a late date. While there are serious problems with JAT Robinson's arguments in favour of early datings of certain NT documents, his attack on such assumptions are important. How long does it really take to 'devleop' theologically? 5 years, 10 years, 40 years? How long does it really take to develop a 'high' christology? This is not to say that Christians of (say) 35 CE necessarily had a very high Christology just that the arguments of developed theology necessarily = late date does not hold very much weight. Not to mention the sometimes subjective nature of 'developed theology'.