New review article on the PA 2008
- Another article on the PA hot from the press:
9 pages bibliography!
"Recent and Previous Research on the Pericope Adulterae (John 7.53—8.11)"
Chris Keith (University of Edinburgh)
Currents in Biblical Research 6 (2008) 377-404
This article surveys recent and previous research on the enigmatic Pericope Adulterae (PA), traditionally placed at Jn 7.53—8.11. The discussion is organized by the methodologies that scholars have applied to PA, and thus the article also demonstrates the various critical approaches in New Testament studies that have found popularity at a given time. While the following study will observe that some scholarly conclusions, such as the theory that PA did not appear in the original version of the Gospel of John, are near consensus, it will also highlight some remaining unsettled issues in PA scholarship.
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on his thesis:
"Despite the lack of attention, John 8.6 and 8.8 remain the only places anywhere in the Jesus tradition where grapho or its cognates are attached to Jesus. Despite this, no scholarly work yet exists to explain this curiosity. My thesis aims to illumine this particular aspect of the Pericope Adulterae, and thus argues that Jesus’ actions here are a claim that his scribal literacy was equal to or greater than his Jewish interlocutors. Further, I argue that this emphasis on Jesus’ literacy explains how the Pericope Adulterae contributes to the Johannine narrative and why it was included in the first place in that Gospel."
Wieland Willker, Bremen, Germany