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The story of Jesus and the adulteress in the gospel of John 8: Though this section is left out of many ancient manuscripts, it bares all the marks of a true account in the life of Jesus. The real message that it carries to us as believers of the Way is so dramatic that to dispose of it would be to remove part of the heart of the gospel of John along with its emphasis on the divinity of Jesus Christ. There is a belief by some, including myself, that this section may have been removed in many ancient manuscripts because of the fear that it would tend to weaken the seriousness of adultery among married women through misunderstanding.

In this passage about Jesus and the adulteress, Jesus was teaching the people in His temple in Jerusalem when the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in the act of adultery. According to the law of Moses, the woman was most certainly condemned to death by stoning Lev. This is further evidence that they were not sincere in their farce of wanting to please God and obey His laws. Jesus had come preaching grace, love and forgiveness. If He were to allow the woman to be stoned to death, then His doctrine would be called into question among the people, and if He were to disagree, it would appear that He was teaching contrary to the laws of Moses rather than fulfilling it.

In addition, if He were to have given permission to stone her, the scribes and Pharisees could have delivered Him up to the Romans since Jews did not have the right to put anyone to death under Roman law. They were certain that they had Jesus trapped.


In response to the scribes and Pharisees attempt of entrapment as they stood there before Jesus and the adulteress, Jesus stooped down and wrote with His finger on the ground. They persisted in asking Him for an answer. His answer to them conveys that divine wisdom and wit that leaves His adversaries speechless, such as portrayed in His response on paying taxes to Caesar during a different attempt to entrap Him in His words Matt.

He then stooped down again and wrote on the ground. There has been a lot of speculation on exactly what Jesus wrote, but nobody knows for sure. What should concern us is why this is included in the passage and what it means. Why did Jesus stoop down and write on the ground? And why did He do it twice? The explanation is but another wonderful revelation by Jesus that He is God. Now what do you say?

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Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. Has no one condemned you? Go your way, and from now on do not sin again. This episode, and its message of mercy and forgiveness balanced with a call to holy living, have endured in Christian thought. Both "let him who is without sin, cast the first stone" [7] and "go, and sin no more" [8] have found their way into common usage. The English idiomatic phrase to " cast the first stone " is derived from this passage. If a man is found lying with a woman married to a husband, then both of them shall die — the man that lay with the woman, and the woman; so you shall put away the evil from Israel.

If a young woman who is a virgin is betrothed to a husband, and a man finds her in the city and lies with her, then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he humbled his neighbor's wife; so you shall put away the evil from among you.

In this passage and also in Leviticus However, " stoning as the form of death is only specified when a betrothed virgin is violated". The pericope is not found in most of the early Greek Gospel manuscripts. It is not in P 66 , and it is not in P 75 , both of which have been assigned to the late s or early s. Codex Bezae is also the earliest surviving Latin manuscript to contain it. Out of 23 Old Latin manuscripts of John 7—8, seventeen contain at least part of the pericope, and represent at least three transmission-streams in which it was included. According to Eusebius of Caesarea in his Ecclesiastical History , composed in the early s , Papias circa AD refers to a story of Jesus and a woman "accused of many sins" as being found in the Gospel of the Hebrews , which might refer to this passage or to one like it.

In the Syriac Didascalia Apostolorum , composed in the mids, the author, in the course of instructing bishops to exercise a measure of clemency, states that a bishop who does not receive a repentant person would be doing wrong — "for you do not obey our Savior and our God, to do as He also did with her that had sinned, whom the elders set before Him, and leaving the judgment in His hands, departed. But He, the searcher of hearts, asked her and said to her, 'Have the elders condemned thee, my daughter?

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More significantly, Codex Fuldensis also preserves the chapter-headings of its earlier source-document thought by some researchers to echo the Diatessaron produced by Tatian in the 's , and the title of chapter refers specifically to the woman taken in adultery. The important codices L and Delta do not contain the pericope adulterae, but between John 7: Pacian of Barcelona bishop from — , in the course of making a rhetorical challenge, opposes cruelty as he sarcastically endorses it: Choose not to read in the Gospel that the Lord spared even the adulteress who confessed, when none had condemned her.

The writer known as Ambrosiaster , c. Peter Chrysologus, writing in Ravenna c. Sedulius and Gelasius also clearly used the passage.

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Prosper of Aquitaine, and Quodvultdeus of Carthage, in the mids, utilized the passage. A text called the Second Epistle of Pope Callistus section 6 [13] contains a quote that may be from John 8: Until recently, it was thought that no Greek Church Father had taken note of the passage before the s. However, in a large collection of the writings of Didymus the Blind c. If anyone is conscious in himself not to have sinned, let him take a stone and smite her.

This is far from a direct quotation, but it may be a loose summary of the episode. Barring the possibility that Didymus was referring to some other Gospel than the four-Gospel collection that was typically used in the churches in his time, this reference appears to establish that the passage was present in its usual place in some Greek manuscripts known in Alexandria and elsewhere from the s onwards. In Codex Vaticanus , which was produced in the early s, perhaps in Egypt or in Caesarea, by copyists using exemplars from Egypt , the text is marked at the end of John chapter 7 with an "umlaut" in the margin, indicating that an alternative reading was known at this point.

However, the date of these umlauts, or distigmai, is a matter of some debate. This codex also has an umlaut alongside blank space following the end of the Gospel of John, which may convey that whoever added the umlaut was aware of additional text following the end of John 21 — which is where the pericope adulterae is found in the f-1 group of manuscripts.

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Jerome , writing around , reports that the pericope adulterae was found in its usual place in "many Greek and Latin manuscripts" in Rome and the Latin West. This is confirmed by some Latin Fathers of the s and s, including Ambrose of Milan, and Augustine. The latter claimed that the passage may have been improperly excluded from some manuscripts in order to avoid the impression that Christ had sanctioned adultery:.

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The story centres around a young man called Nicholas whose wife has betrayed him. He has bought a cottage in a remote location in Ireland and is trying to forget his own overwhelming feelings of jealousy and upset as he renovates it. The cottage turns out to be haunted by a woman whose story intrigues him and he gradually uncovers more and more of the truth about her, which relates strangely to his own life. This is the story of several lives in parallel s I had difficulty putting this book down. This is the story of several lives in parallel situations, in different contexts of time and place.

It is not only concerned with the ghost who haunts Nicholas's house, but the ghosts of her memories, and the actions of older people who have made their own, different choices. The characters are sensitively drawn and the prose is poetic and evocative. I recommend it highly. Review originally published in Goodreads magazine. Mar 02, Monica Akinyi Odhiambo rated it it was amazing. I loved this book a lot,and I am going to get all her books and read them. I had thought the adultress was June but was surprised to find out it was Minerva. That era of the war was such a bitch,things were difficult especially for the wives whose husbands had to go to war.

Having to wait for Robert while who she really liked was Phelim. In the end the question was 'Choose your husband or lover?

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Don't know what I would have done in such a situation. I just wished June would have followed up on her s I loved this book a lot,and I am going to get all her books and read them. I just wished June would have followed up on her studies and being a classist. Everyone should read it. Nov 01, Sarah rated it really liked it. This is a beautiful novel switching between the s and modern day society. The character development is excellent, particularly June.

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The writing style suits the theme of the book and captures the emotional complexity of the characters well. The twist at the end well, several of them were a huge shock to me! Overall, a very good novel exploring themes of love, betrayal and infidelity.