Joseph Benson: Commentary On The Olivet Discourse (1811)

Our Lord proceeds to declare that the signs which he had given would be as certain an indication of the time of his coming, as the fig-tree’s putting forth its leaves is of the approach of summer; and that the time of his coming was at no great distance. For he adds, This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled, — Hereby evidently showing that he had been speaking all this while only of the calamities coming on the Jews, and the destruction of Jerusalem. Continue reading “Joseph Benson: Commentary On The Olivet Discourse (1811)”

J. Randall Price: Historical Problems for a First-Century Fulfillment of the Olivet Discourse (2003)

Jesus’ prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple and His explanation to His disciples in the Olivet Discourse has produced a tremendous volume of scholarly interpretations, most of which fall into the historicist camp and interpret Jesus’ words as a threat or curse on the sacrificial institution represented by the Temple. Most of these interpreters assume that Jesus’ statements of destruction are pronouncements, as though He Himself were judging and condemning the city and sanctuary. This is generally because they view the Temple’s removal as marking the end of the Jewish age and symbolizing the removal of Israel as God’s Chosen People. Continue reading “J. Randall Price: Historical Problems for a First-Century Fulfillment of the Olivet Discourse (2003)”

Critical Review of the Olivet Discourse by Preterist Griffiths and Futurist Hardy (1770)

if the destruction of Jerusalem be that coming of the Son of Man, which our Saviour spake of, then that coming in the clouds of heaven, and that destruction must have happened at one and the same time.  But if we compare the three Evangelists together… we will presently be convinced that this is not true. Continue reading “Critical Review of the Olivet Discourse by Preterist Griffiths and Futurist Hardy (1770)”