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Jennifer Knust and Tommy Wasserman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169880

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169880.001.0001

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The Pericope Adulterae and the Rise of Modern New Testament Scholarship

The Pericope Adulterae and the Rise of Modern New Testament Scholarship

(p.15) 1 The Pericope Adulterae and the Rise of Modern New Testament Scholarship
To Cast the First Stone

Jennifer Knust

Tommy Wasserman

Princeton University Press

This chapter evaluates the modern scholarship on the pericope adulterae. Debates about the pericope adulterae have been central to the development of both modern textual criticism and historical-critical approaches to the Gospels, as these disciplines emerged in the nineteenth century. When nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholars advocated for the necessity of correcting ancient scribal error, they did so in part on the basis of this pericope, which was relegated to brackets or margins and thereby effectively removed from the canonical Gospel of John. The displacement of this story, as well as a few other passages, was inextricably linked to a new scientific approach to textual editing that finally overturned the Textus Receptus, the Greek text that had been employed in Europe since the Renaissance.

Keywords:   modern scholarship, pericope adulterae, modern textual criticism, Gospels, Gospel of John, textual editing, Textus Receptus

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