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The Pericope Adulterae At John 7.53–8.11: The (Divine) Grapho-Literacy Of Jesus

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This chapter gives detailed attention to the dual writing of Jesus in John 8.6, 8. The first section of the chapter argues that Pericope Adulterae (PA) describes Jesus' acts of writing with the vocabulary that Exodus 32.15 (as well as 31.18) employs to describe God's authorship of the Decalogue. The second section further argues that PA's unique image of a grapho-literate Jesus not only coheres with the emphases of John 7, but with a number of emphases throughout the Johannine narrative. The similarities between PA and Gospel of John (GJohn) are not limited to the themes of Jesus' superiority to Moses and role as judge, however. The writing of Jesus in John 8.6, 8 contains a double meaning, a technique that GJohn similarly employs. PA's portrait of Jesus as grapho-literate also resonates with several passages unique to GJohn that show a developed interest in textuality and literary culture.

Keywords: Decalogue; Exodus; Gospel of John (GJohn); grapho-literate Jesus; Moses; Pericope Adulterae (PA)



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