Dale Allison and Eschatology

I was made aware recently of some comments in Dale Allison's Jesus of Nazareth that have some bearing on preterist eschatology and exegesis. Qualification should be made first that:

The latter emerges again in Allison's treatment of Caird and Wright, whose readings of passages like the OD in terms of the typical language of the Ancient Near East resulted in understandings amenable to a preterist viewpoint: E.g., Jesus' prediction of himself riding a cloud as Son of Man was not a literal prediction that Caiaphas would see him outside his window popping a wheelie on a cumulus one day, but signified royal dignity (per metaphors of YHWH riding on a cloud in the OT) and affirmation of his honor and status. Likewise Wright memorably said that Jews did not expect the beasts of Daniel to literally come slobbering ashore one day on the Mediterranean, but saw these as nations that were their enemies.

Allison's treatment of Caird and Wright makes no mention, that I can find, or how Caird made comparisons to the linguistic contexts of the Biblical era. Indeed the thrust of Allison's retort is somewhat petulantly after the manner of his treatment of Luke 14:26 elsewhere: "Well, why can't we take it literally?"

Most disappointingly, Allison resorts to the expediency of accusation, to the effect that the likes of Caird and Wright are somehow motivated by a desire to make Jesus or the Bible correct ("saving their theology" -- 159; references to "cognitive dissonance", 167), rather than by sincere scholarship (an accusation just as readily, and with as much evidence, turned around on him in a different direction).

It is also difficult to evaluate what Allison holds, and how he might respond to a preterist exegesis of passages like Matt. 24, since he provides little in the way of systematic exegesis himself (though this was perhaps not his purpose).

What particulars Allison offers otherwise devolve to the following:

In conclusion, Allison offers little that is persuasive in terms of rejecting preterist exegesis.