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Speaking Of Writing: Kataγpaφω And Γpaφω In Hellenistic, Jewish, And New Testament Contexts

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This chapter presents various referents of καταγράφω in Greek literature, but the central argument is that in the immediate context of PA, καταγράφω denotes the same action as γράφω does in the New Testament-'writing' alphabetized letters capable of being read. The most recent consideration of Jesus' writing in Pericope Adulterae (PA) in terms of literacy is Foster's 'Educating Jesus: The Search for a Plausible Context.' Foster expresses doubt as to whether one can definitely claim that John 8.6 represents lettered writing by Jesus due to the use of καταγράφω in Greek literature. The chapter then surveys καταγράφω synchronically in a number of texts and γράφω specifically in the NT. In order to present usages of καταγράφω that are closer (chronologically and socio-culturally) to the first-century setting depicted in John 8.6, it discusses Diodorus Siculus, Strabo, Plutarch, the Oxyrhynchus papyri, Josephus, and the LXX.

Keywords: γράφω; καταγράφω; Greek literature; Jesus' writing; New Testament; Pericope Adulterae (PA)



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