Re: [textualcriticism] pericope de adultera and stemmatics
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From: "Stephen C. Carlson" <scarlson@...>
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 7:10 PM
Subject: RE: [textualcriticism] pericope de adultera and stemmatics
> The wrap should be less of a problem here at:
One interesting point from this stemmata is it confirms my
suspicion in an earlier post that P66 is at least as close to
the Alexandrian/Byzantine-precursor text as it is to the strict
neutral text represented by P75 and Codex Vaticanus.
- Malcomb wrote:
<< One final note, the pericope presupposes that the Jews of Jesus'
ministry on earth had the authority to kill. This [is refuted]
elsewhere in the Gospel narrative.>>
There are a couple of problems with this assertion.
1) The text specifically says that this was a setup by the Scribes
and/or Pharisees. It should have been a lose/lose proposition for
Jesus: if he said "stone her," he would be in trouble with the Romans
for instigating a lynching, as alluded to in 18:31. If he said "free
her," he would be seen as "soft on crime" and loose popular support.
They did not, of course, forsee the third option, which made them out
to be the losers instead. But no authority under ROMAN law to execute
was ever claimed; only under MOSAIC law.
2) Lynchings by stoning did in fact occur during that era, as seen by
the examples of Stephen in Acts 7 and James in the History of