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Importance of dating the destruction of the Temple #54874
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We are watching a video series on Apologetics with RC. Sproul as the lecturer. It has been a great series, but I wonder about this. I have heard that Sproul in his later years became a Partial Preterist. Well, in a recent video lession, he just said the destruction of the Temple was in 70 AD. If i remember correctly, most commentators will give 66 AD as the date, and doesn't Partial Preterists tend to date John's Epistles much earlier than the consensus of 90-95 AD. Just wondering if the 70 AD remark gives an indication of his Partial Preterism?

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Re: Importance of dating the destruction of the Temple [Re: John_C] #54875
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Admittedly, it has been years since I came across this subject. But from what I read from others and from things which Dr. Sproul wrote himself, it was obvious that he embraced "Partial Preterism", NOT to be confused with "hyper-Preterism". Those who hold to the "partial" type of Preterism prefer to use the term "Orthodox Preterism". grin

Dating is one of those hotly debated and contentious subjects among those who are most interested in eschatological matters. It is natural to want to know, "What comes first; the dates or the interpretation of particular texts?" If one begins with the presupposition (an odious term to those of the Classical Apologetics school) giggle that AD 70 is the key to understanding the matter, then one will have to change the dates of when the Epistles were written, etc., etc. And that, of course, will influence how one interprets the Epistles themselves and the events referred to in them. It's like a snowball rolling down a steep slope. It gathers more and more snow resulting in a monstrosity of a snowball and most difficult to slow down, never mind stop. Personally, I do not agree with the "Orthodox Preterist" view, albeit everyone would agree on some of its particulars which are based upon sound exegesis. And, I would not judge it to be heresy and perhaps not even heterodoxy. It is, however, a peculiar view. As to what specifically I would disagree with I cannot say since I basically cannot remember much of what it teaches due to the time that I researched it and my failing memory due to getting old. [Linked Image]


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