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“Destroyer” Conversation: Parts 11 & 12

August 31, 2016

The final two parts of my conversation with Ben Witherington over my forthcoming book, Destroyer of the gods, appear here, and here.

I note, by the way, that the release date for the book has been advanced now to 9 September.

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  1. John Stamps permalink

    My copy arrived Friday. I started reading it this morning.

  2. Ben said:

    “But also, as a result that, it was all about forming viable communities of disciples and training them up in their scriptures. This explains the mass production of documents, it explains a good deal of their distinctive ideas as well.”

    I am unclear as to what Ben refers when he says “mass” production of documents. Is he referencing 1st century mss? 2nd century mss? It seems to me that one disappointment some share is the lack of early mss (1st century). 2nd and 3rd centuries show much more mss, but I think I would be hesitant to quantify these as “mass.” Can you set me straight?

    • “Mass” production is a bit misleading. But, as I show in my book, early Christianity was remarkably (uniquely I think) productive in generating new texts. And these begin in the early/mid first century. Our earliest copies are from the mid-late 2nd century and thereafter.

  3. John Stamps permalink

    You can order “Destroyer of the Gods” today from Baylor and they’ll start shipping it to you. Use code BHUR when you check out and you’ll get 20% off plus free shipping. They’ll even update the discount after you placed the order and didn’t realize there was a discount. Is this a great country or what? Plus, you’ll feel an enormous sense of self-satisfaction that you received your copy a week earlier than all those slacker Amazon buyers.

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