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The immediate effect was greatly to extend the time span.
Renfrew sums up the impact thus The succession of cultures which had previously been squeezed into 500 years now occupied more than 1,500. challenged in any way the conventional view that the significant advances in the European neolithic and bronze age were brought by influences from the Near East. There were indeed uncomfortable exceptions, but these could be put down to minor inconsistencies that later work would tidy up.
It is that certain obstinate questionings have led me to ask just what basis there really is for certain assumptions which the prevailing consensus of critical orthodoxy would seem to make it hazardous or even impertinent to question.
“One of the oddest facts about the New Testament is that what on any showing would appear to be the single most datable and climactic event of the period – the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, and with it the collapse of institutional Judaism based on the temple – is never once mentioned as a past fact. Moule from whose New Testament seminar so small a seed has produced so monstrous a manuscript, on which he gave such kindly judgment; to my friends, Ed Ball, Gerald Bray, Chip Coakley, Paul Hammond and David Mc Kie, who advised or corrected at many points; and finally to Miss Jean Cunningham of the SCM Press for all her devoted attention to tedious detail. This is a question that the outsider might be forgiven for thinking that the experts must by now have settled.
For what should have been dependent turned out to be earlier.
This is a greatly oversimplified account, which would doubtless also be challenged by other archaeologists.
For, much more than is generally recognized, the chronology of the New Testament rests on presuppositions rather than facts.
It is not that in this case new facts have appeared, new absolute datings which cannot be contested – they are still extraordinarily scarce.