The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus

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BRILL, 2009 - Religion - 320 pages
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Although consistently overlooked or dismissed, John 8.6, 8 in the "Pericope Adulterae" is the only place in canonical or non-canonical Jesus tradition that portrays Jesus as writing. After establishing that John 8.6, 8 is indeed a claim that Jesus could write, this book offers a new interpretation and transmission history of the "Pericope Adulterae." Not only did the pericope s interpolator place the story in John s Gospel in order to highlight the claim that Jesus could write, but he did so at John 7.53 8.11 as a result of carefully reading the Johannine narrative. The final chapter of the book proposes a plausible socio-historical context for the insertion of the story.
 

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Contents

Introduction The Most Popular Story in the Gospels
1
Chapter One A History of Research on John 86 8
11
καταγραφω and γραπω in Hellenistic Jewish and New Testament Contexts
27
Chapter Three Writing and Gradations of Literacy
53
The Scribes and Pharisees as TextBrokers
95
The Location
119
The Preceding Context of John 7
141
The Narrative
161
The Divine GraphoLiteracy of Jesus
175
A Proposal
203
Conclusion The Pericope Adulterae in the Early Church
257
Bibliography
261
Index of Ancient Sources
291
Index of Authors
307
Index of Subjects
317
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Chris Keith, Ph.D. (2008), University of Edinburgh, is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Lincoln Christian University.

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