Most scholars are convinced John’s Gospel, Epistles, and the Revelation, were written around AD 95. In my opinion, reliance on conflicting historical statements is a poor substitute for Scripture interpreting Scripture.
John 4:21 KJV Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
If John wrote his Gospel in AD 95, it would have been remiss of him, to say the least, not to have acknowledged the AD 70 fulfilment of Christ’s amazing temple prophecy.
It is interesting, Adam Clarke and Albert Barnes commented from a pre-AD 70 comprehension of John’s Gospel:
Adam Clarke (1760/62-1832) wrote on John 4:21 ‘The hour cometh, etc. – The time was now at hand in which the spiritual worship of God was about to be established in the earth, and all the Jewish rites and ceremonies entirely abolished.’
Joh 4:23 KJV Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Albert Barnes (1798-1870) wrote on John 4:23 ‘…The old dispensation is about to pass away, and the new one to commence…’
The only way to make sense of John’s account of Christ’s conversation at the well is from a pre-AD 70 perspective.
Alexander Gibb