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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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“In Certain Gospels”?

“In Certain Gospels”?

The Pericope Adulterae and the Fourfold Gospel Tradition

(p.175) 5 “In Certain Gospels”?
To Cast the First Stone

Jennifer Knust

Tommy Wasserman

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at editorial work, Gospel translation, traditions for reception, and attitudes toward the fourfold Gospels among late ancient scribes and scholars to illuminate the evidence of the pericope adulterae appearing only “in certain Gospels.” After nearly two centuries of spirited defense of the fourfold Gospels, as well as an uptick in biblical scholarship, the difficulty presented by the omission of the pericope adulterae from the four acknowledged Gospels had finally emerged as a worthy topic, at least in some quarters. Among Latin-speaking Christians, the story found a safe home and was incorporated in Jerome's new translation. In exclusively Greek contexts, however, the story was initially ignored, probably because it was omitted from many of the available copies of the Gospel of John.

Keywords:   Gospel translation, fourfold Gospels, ancient scribes, pericope adulterae, Christians, Jerome, Gospel of John

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