Victorious Hope Publishing

Before Jerusalem Fell

Before Jerusalem Fell

Before Jerusalem Fell:
Dating the Book of Revelation

Third ed.; 459 pp.; Paperback

Our first publication was the re-printing of Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.’s doctoral disseration: Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation (3d. ed.).

For centuries scholars have argued over when the book of Revelation was written a few years before or a quarter century after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The most accepted but not the most compelling date is around the time of Domitian (A.D. 95-96), at the end of the first century when John would have been nearly 100 years old. A more compelling date for the writing is during the reign of Nero Caesar, just a few years before Jerusalem’s destruction at the hands of the Roman commander Titus.

The evidence for this conclusion is found within the pages of Scripture. The Bible itself tells us when the Book of Revelation was written. We do not have to depend on people who wrote a hundred years or more after the fact to get the accurate story. God’s own Word sets the record straight. Through careful and painstaking work, Dr. Gentry deals with all the evidence. He weighs all the arguments.

Roland H. Worth , The Seven Cities of the Apocalypse (1999):
“A brilliant book-length defense of the earth date approach.”

E. Earle Ellis, writing in The Making of the New Testament Documents (Brill, 1999):
“Gentry . . . offers a comprehensive survey of the issues, sources and odern writers.”

J. P. M. Sweet (Journal of Theological Studies , Oxford University):
“A Thorough study of the primary sources and secondary literature (of all complexions), and demolition of some bad but often repeated arguments for a Domitian date. He makes a strong case for the early external evidence, including that of Irenaeus.”

J. Christian Wilson (Professor of Religious Studies, Elon College):
“I fear that too many scholars have dismissed the work because of Gentrys self-confessed fundamentalism. Gentry’s work on the external evidence is particularly valuable.” “Though Gentry and I may be poles apart theologically . . . I think that Gentry’s book has the most thorough treatment of the external evidence available. . . . I have been very grateful for his work.”

Thomas D. Lea (Criswell Theological Review ):
“Presents a strong case for dating the Book of Revelation prior to the destruction of Jerusalem. Gentry has done an impressive job of collecting evidence to support his views. The book is well researched and cogently presented. He has given late-date advocates a challenge for further study.”

R. Ludwigson (Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society ):
“Exhibits a great deal of research in the writings of the Church fathers, chiefly Irenaeus.”

Jay E. Adams (author: The Time Is At Hand ):
“Here is a book some of us have been awaiting for years! Now that it is here we can rejoice. Mr. Gentry convincingly demonstrates the fact the Book of Revelation was written, as it in so many ways declares, prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. It should receive a wide reading and ought to rattle many windows.”

George W. Knight (author, The Pastoral Epistles: New International Greek Testament Commentary):
“A thorough and outstanding statement of the case for the early date of Revelation. The book makes one aware of the evidence from within the book, from early church sources, and surveys the arguments of New Testament scholars of this century and previous centuries concerning the question. No stone is left unturned to resolve the question.”

Georg S. Adamsen (The Lutheran School of Theology in Aarhus, Denmark):
“His critique of the traditional interpretation of Irenaeus cannot easily be rejected.”

Steve Gregg, writing in Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary (Nelson, 1996):
“Gentry’s arguments, modern sentiments notwithstanding, present a formidable case for the early dating of the Apocalypse. I have encountered no treatment of the dating of Revelation more thorough than his dissertation on the subject.”

R. C. Sproul, writing in The Last Days According to Jesus (Baker, 2000):
“Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. has done excellent work in forcing reconsideration of the date when the Book of Revelation was written.”

Marshall Pierson (The Reformed Congregationalist ):
“Well written. A very solid work.”

Gregory K. Beale, writing in Revelation: New International Greek Testament Commentary (Eerdmans, 1999):
“The proposal that the list of kings begins with Julius Caesar and that Nero is the sixth has been argued in throrough manner by Gentry.”

Grover Gunn (Counsel of Chalcedon ):
“Gentry has given us insightful and well-documented studies of early church history which provide illuminating background for the book of Revelation.”

Harry Uprichard (Banner of Truth ):
“Clearly argued, with full documentation and detailed footnotes. It is clear, balanced, exciting and brings us back to the days of the vision on Patmos with great helpfulness.”

Andrew Lohr (Chattanooga News-Free Press ):
“He proves, and I mean proves, both Biblically and from scholarship, that God revealed the Apocalypse ‘before Jerusalem fell’ before the Romans destroyed the Jewish temple and ended Old Testament worship.”

Table of Contents

1. Revelation Studies
2: The Approach to the Question of Dating

3. Introduction to the External Evidence
4. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons
5. Clement of Alexandria
6. Additional External Witnesses

7. The Role of the Internal Evidence
8. The Theme of Revelation
9. The Temporal Expectation of the Author
10. The Identity of the Sixth King
11. The Contemporary Integrity of the Temple
12. The Role of Nero Caesar
13. The Role of Jewish Christianity
14. The Looming Jewish War

15. Introduction to Domitianic Internal Evidence
16. The Role of Emperor Worship
17. The Persecution of Christianity
18. The Nero Redivivus Myth
19. The Condition of the Seven Churches

20. Concluding Remarks

Select Bibliography

Select Bibliography I: Modern Writings
Select Bibliography II: Ancient Writings

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