Re: [textualcriticism] pericope de adultera and stemmatics
- on 12/11/04 10:24 AM, Steve Puluka at steve@... wrote:
> St. Pelagia died in the Fifth century, so this would not be an earlyOne of our Greek Cantors was finally able to find this scripture pericope
> assignment. In addition, I checked on an eastern cantors' list to expand my
> own references and we can see no readings specified for this day in the
> typikon, menaion or Gospel lectionary in Greek or Slavonic editions. I'm
> not sure where this assignment of this pericope to Pelagia is made, but
> these are the standard sources for readings and it is not here. Perhaps
> this is from a Syriac or Ethiopian source that holds a high regard for St.
> Pelagia and does not use the Byzantine lectionary system. Those resources I
> don't have access to. But this is clearly NOT a universal assignment.
reference to St. Pelagia on October 8. However, this is part of a vigil
rank service written sometime following World War II by the late Monk
Gerasimos of St. Anne Skete in Mt. Athos and was approved by the Holy Synod.
This service would only be used by a parish or monastery dedicated to
Pelagia, not for general parish usage.
In addition, all of these vigil rank updates occurred for the same purpose
in the Greek Church, special use by parishes dedicated to the saint, and
AFTER the 16th century. So even if this is not the only one for St.
Pelagia, and so far we think it is, the oldest possible one would have NO
connection to the canonization process for John's Gospel.
Masters Student, SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary
Cantor, Holy Ghost Church, Mckees Rocks PA
- 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