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The Pericope of the Adulteress in Contemporary Research (The Library of New Testament Studies, 551) Hardcover – April 21, 2016
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The contributors to this volume (J.D. Punch, Jennifer Knust, Tommy Wasserman, Chris Keith, Maurice Robinson, and Larry Hurtado) re-examine the Pericope Adulterae (John 7.53-8.11) asking afresh the question of the paragraph's authenticity. Each contributor not only presents the reader with arguments for or against the pericope's authenticity but also with viable theories on how and why the earliest extant manuscripts omit the passage.
Readers are encouraged to evaluate manuscript witnesses, scribal tendencies, patristic witnesses, and internal evidence to assess the plausibility of each contributor's proposal. Readers are presented with cutting-edge research on the pericope from both scholarly camps: those who argue for its originality, and those who regard it as a later scribal interpolation. In so doing, the volume brings readers face-to-face with the most recent evidence and arguments (several of which are made here for the first time, with new evidence is brought to the table), allowing readers to engage in the controversy and weigh the evidence for themselves.
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- Publisher : T&T Clark (April 21, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0567665798
- ISBN-13 : 978-0567665799
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.5 x 9.21 inches
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Either way, there is the equally awkward fact that either a large chunk was deliberately excised or deliberately added. It seems that the material surrounding the pericope was established very early as the reading for Pentecost Sunday, in which case the pericope would be an unwanted inclusion given its topic. Copies made for reading in church before lectionaries were introduced could quite conceivably have skipped the pericope to make the reading for Pentecost easier. This would explain its attested spotty showing in the MSS as acknowledged by, e.g., Jerome without egregious scribal emendation.