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To Cast the First Stone$
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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 Strange Case of the Missing Adulteress

The Strange Case of the Missing Adulteress

(p.49) 2 The Strange Case of the Missing Adulteress
To Cast the First Stone

Jennifer Knust

Tommy Wasserman

Princeton University Press

This chapter studies a climate of Gospel production and interpretation that could lead to the pericope adulterae's incorporation within an already published Gospel of John. While it is true that the pericope was not likely to have been materially present in the earliest copies of John, its absence from the fourfold Gospels would not have prevented interpreters from highly regarding the story. Moreover, with books produced by hand and distributed within circles of affinity groups, it would have been difficult for even the staunchest editor to prevent an interpolator from going about his or her work. Once placed within some copies of John, few would dare to remove it.

Keywords:   Gospel production, Gospel interpretation, pericope adulterae, Gospel of John, fourfold Gospels

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