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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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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