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The Pericope Adulterae At John 7.53–8.11: The Preceding Context Of John 7

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This chapter offers a Johannine reading of Pericope Adulterae (PA) in its traditional and earliest canonical location. Gospel of John (GJohn) announces Jesus' identity to the reader in the first chapter, where both the narrator and characters assign Jesus no less than eight titles. While this rhetorical punch informs the reader of Jesus' identity, the full cast of characters in the narrative must discover it for themselves. Jesus' relationship to Moses and Torah is a tightrope act for GJohn's narrator. In John 5.45-46, the Johannine Jesus enlists Moses as an ally in his critique of the Jews. In addition to Jesus' identity, the text announces his origin to the reader at the start of GJohn. The characters of John's narrative, however, are not privileged to this insider information and thus struggle throughout the text with Jesus' Galilean origin and its implications for his identity as teacher/prophet/Christ.

Keywords: Gospel of John (GJohn); Jesus' Galilean origin; Jesus' identity; Moses; Pericope Adulterae (PA); Torah

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