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The Pericope Adulterae At John 7.53–8.11: The Location

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This chapter argues that Pericope Adulterae (PA) first entered into canonical Jesus tradition at John 7.53-8.11. It assesses manuscript and patristic evidence, as well as considers why and how PA's numerous alternative locations arose. Considering PA's numerous manuscript locations, Heckel surmises that PA appeared in a variety of places 'ehe sie ihre Ruhestätte als Anhang zu Joh 7 fand.' Amidst this wide variety, however, and contra Heckel, there are at least three reasons to consider PA's traditional location as its first location in what would become canonical tradition: (1) John 7.53-8.11 is, by far, the majority location for PA in the manuscripts; (2) John 7.53-8.11 is the earliest demonstrable location for PA in both the manuscript tradition and extrabiblical citations of the story; and (3) of the late alternative locations, at least some are due to the impact of lectionary readings.

Keywords: John 7.53-8.11; manuscript tradition; patristic evidence; Pericope Adulterae (PA)



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