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Scribal Literacy In The New Testament World: The Scribes (And Pharisees) As Text-Brokers

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This chapter concentrates on Jesus' opponents in Pericope Adulterae (PA), whom John 8.3 introduces as 'the scribes and the Pharisees'. It first provides an introduction to scribal literacy and the concept of 'text-brokerage'. The chapter then argues that the skill of writing was integral for the social position of scribes in Second Temple Judaism as text-brokers. Next, it considers the portrayal of scribes as text-brokers alongside other recognized Jewish text-brokers in the New Testament. While the chapter discusses historical studies of text-brokers and asserts that the general image of scribes and Pharisees as authoritative interpreters in the NT is an accurate reflection of first-century Judaism, the primary focus of the chapter is upon the NT depiction of scribal literacy.

Keywords: Jewish text-brokers; John; New Testament; Pericope Adulterae (PA); Pharisees; scribal literacy; Second Temple Judaism



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