How Payne Responds to His Critics

Here’s a paragraph that I cut from my review of Payne, Man and Woman, One in Christ:

Payne typically answers his critics with argumentum verbosium or “proof by verbosity.” Craig Blomberg wrote a 2,200 word review of the book under review here,[1] and Payne posted a 3,600 word comment in response. Tom Schreiner reviewed the book in JBMW,[2] and in his response Payne ludicrously claims that Schreiner misrepresents him 81 times and makes 41 dubious assertions![3] These claims would only stand if viewed from Payne’s perspective. To those who do not view it from his perspective, Payne’s is the misrepresenting and dubious assertion, and there are more of them in his book than I would want to try and count. Peter Head presented a devastating argument against Payne’s thesis regarding the distigmai in Codex Vaticanus,[4] and Payne provided what Tommy Wasserman called “a long series of responses”[5] in addition to multiple iterations of a paper responding to Head’s presentation.[6]


[1] Craig L. Blomberg, “Review of Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters,” Denver Journal, February 5, 2010, http://www.denverseminary.edu/article/man-and-woman-one-in-christ-an-exegetical-and-theological-study-of-pauls-letters/.

[2] Thomas R. Schreiner, “Philip Payne on Familiar Ground,” Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 15, no. 1 (2010): 33–46.

[3] Philip B. Payne, “A Critique of Thomas R. Schreiner’s Review of Man and Woman, One in Christ,” Philip B. Payne, n.d., http://www.pbpayne.com/?p=456.

[4] See  Tommy Wasserman, “SBL New Orleans 2009 I: Peter Head Putting the Distigmai in the Right Place Pt. 1,” Evangelical Textual Criticism, November 21, 2009, http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2009/11/sbl-new-orleans-2009-i-peter-head.html; Tommy Wasserman, “SBL New Orleans 2009 I: Peter Head Putting the Distigmai in the Right Place Pt. 2,” Evangelical Textual Criticism, November 22, 2009, http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2009/11/sbl-new-orleans-2009-i-peter-head_22.html.

[5] Tommy Wasserman, “Color Images of Vaticanus Marginalia,” Evangelical Textual Criticism, May 3, 2010, http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2010/05/color-images-of-vaticanus-marginalia.html.

[6] Tommy Wasserman, “Distigmai in Vaticanus: New Version of Payne’s Response,” Evangelical Textual Criticism, March 16, 2010, http://evangelicaltextualcriticism.blogspot.com/2010/03/distigmai-in-vaticanus-new-version-of.html.

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