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Introduction The Most Popular Story In The Gospels

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of this book, argues that John 8.6, 8-when Jesus twice 'bent down and began to write on the earth' in the Pericope Adulterae (PA)-is a claim that Jesus was a literate individual. Furthermore, the book argues that the claim that Jesus is capable of writing is an important key to understanding the insertion of PA into the Gospel of John (GJohn). It therefore offers a new interpretation and transmission-history of perhaps the most popular story in gospel tradition. Where many scholarly studies would normally employ language of the 'author' or 'implied author' in order to reflect the individual with 'creative control' of the tradition, this study will primarily refer to the 'interpolator,' and occasionally refer to the 'narrator' when focusing upon the narrative dynamics of PA.

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

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