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Bibil Identifier bibil:213727
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Too Hot to Handle? A Story of an Adulteress and the Gospel of John
Author Knust, Jennifer Wright
Edited book From the Margins 2
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 143-163 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The story of the woman taken in adultery (Jn 8.1-11) may be widely cited and retold today, but its early history is, in fact, quite complex. Rarely mentioned by patristic authors and absent from most early Gospel manuscripts, the story is sometimes viewed as too hot to handle. This thesis, however, disregards the multiple and changing ways that Gospel traditions were invoked and transmitted, while also failing to account for references to the story in such diverse contexts as a second-century infancy Gospel, a third-century church order, and a set of fourth-century biblical commentaries. Guilty or innocent, forgiven or simply set free, the story of the adulteress has always been ‘gospel’, in the sense of ‘a good story about Jesus’, to some Christians somewhere. With this in mind, ‘Too Hot to Handle?’ reconsiders the reception of the adulteress in late antique and early medieval exegesis, liturgy and art.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Adultery
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : New Testament : Textual Criticism
Pericopes John 8,1-8,11
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