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Re: [textualcriticism] pericope de adultera and stemmatics

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  • sarban
    ... From: Schmuel To: Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 3:33 PM Subject: Re: [textualcriticism]
    Message 1 of 60 , Dec 10, 2004
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Schmuel" <schmuel@...>
      To: <textualcriticism@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 3:33 PM
      Subject: Re: [textualcriticism] pericope de adultera and stemmatics

      > In addition there is a very substantial lectionary usage in the Eastern
      church (details below)
      > http://av1611.com/kjbp/articles/jones-pericope.html
      > John 8:3-11 was chosen as the lesson to be read publicly each year on St.
      Pelagia's day, October 8th. [15] John Burgon first pointed out the
      significance of this historical circumstance: "The great Eastern Church
      speaks out on this subject in a voice of thunder. In all her Patriarchates,
      as far back as the written records of her practice reach - and they reach
      back to the time of those very Fathers whose silence was felt to be
      embarrassing - the Eastern Church has selected nine of these twelve verses
      to be the special lesson for October 8." [16] As Burgon remarked, this is
      not opinion - but a fact.
      The celebration of the feast of Pelagia the reformed courtesan on
      October 8th begins relatively late c 500 CE.

      The feast of Pelagia the virgin martyr on the same day is much older
      but the use of the pericope is only suitable for Pelagia the reformed
      courtesan who is almost certainly a legendary development of
      Pelagia the virgin martyr.

      Hence the lectionary evidence here probably does not go back
      before 500 CE. However the lectionary usage is IMO highly
      relevant. Once the pericope became widely used in the Greek
      church on October 8th there would be a strong tendency for it to
      be added to continuous text gospels that previously lacked it.

      Andrew Criddle
    • Daniel
      Malcomb wrote:
      Message 60 of 60 , Oct 15 3:53 AM
        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

        Daniel Buck
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