RE: [textualcriticism] Re: The Pericope de Adultera and Greek Lectionary influence
- Very interesting! Question: do we know which church fathers available in critical editions in the 1870s were known to refer /allude to the passage?-- BDEBart D. EhrmanJames A. Gray ProfessorDepartment of Religious StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Subject: [textualcriticism] Re: The Pericope de Adultera and Greek Lectionary influence
"Bart Ehrman" <behrman@... > wrote:
>>I certainly don'tthink that it is not *mentioned* by Greek writers
prior to the 12th century. The point is that the biblical
commentaries on John (e.g., Origen!!) have no knowledge of it before
I stand corrected, as do, I trust, Burgon's detractors. But a quick
survey of the web shows that most laymen do not catch the nuanced
distiction between 'referred to' and 'commented on' any more than I
did when I first heard Dr. Ehrman reference 'the 12th Century' in a
media interview promoting his book.
But we have no need to misquote Ehrman here, as it turns out. We have
the very words of another famous textual scholar, a contemporary of
Burgon, and thus equally unable to come to his own defense as to what
he *really* meant:
"Have you realised that the Pericope was apparently absolutely
unknown to every Greek Father whose writings have been preserved,
till Euthymius Zigabenus in the 11th century?"
--F. J. A. Hort, writing to B. F. Westcott
- 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