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Conclusion The Pericope Adulterae In The Early Church

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The insertion of Pericope Adulterae (PA) into Gospel of John (GJohn) represents not just a stage in PA's transmission-history, but equally a stage in the transmission-history of GJohn. Variants like PA are invaluable as touchstones between the Church and its larger imperial setting. They are historical traces left behind by scribes like PA's interpolator, who was in dialogue with pagans enough to feel the sting of their criticisms, but loyal to the Church enough to attempt to enhance Jesus' standing in the eyes of those critics. PA's importance as a window into early Christianity perhaps parallels the degree to which earlier and present scholars have overlooked it. PA clearly was one of the most spoken, read, remembered, and transmitted stories about Jesus in the early Church, deserving its reputation as one of the most popular stories in the gospels.

Keywords: early Church; Gospel of John (GJohn); Jesus; Pericope Adulterae



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