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“Destroyer” Conversation, parts 8-10.

August 30, 2016

You can read the continuing conversation with Ben Witherington arising from my forthcoming book, Destroyer of the gods here, here, and here.

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  1. Dr. Hurtado,

    I read a few subtle differences in your understanding of some aspects of first century Christianity compared to Ben’s. Although I wondered if some of Ben’s questions drifted into theology a little more than you prefer (For example, I thought Ben’s view of Christ as THEOS during the early time of the apostles differed a bit from yours). I was wondering if you could list the major differences that you respectfully disagree with Ben’s historical views of first century Christianity.

    • I’m not sure about the issues on which Ben and I disagree. We haven’t checked out with each other a list of such things. There are differences in the questions that we’ve engaged and the approaches taken therefore. E.g., he’s focused much more than I on the rhetorical features of texts such as Pauline letters. I guess that my interest in early manuscripts and their physical/visual features distinguishes my work from his . . . but also from most NT scholars.

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