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OΔe Eγω Σe [Kata]Kpinω. John 8:11, The Protevangelium Iacobi, and the History of the Pericope Adulterae

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Among the most-studied passages in the Gospel of John are the twelve verses which tell of the woman caught in adultery-the so-called pericope adulterae (J ohn 7:53-8: 11). This story contains one of the best-known sayings in world literature, namely: "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone". The problem, as all scholars know, is that the entire twelve verses of the pericope adulterae are completely absent from all of the oldest manuscripts of the Gospel of John. Pericope adulterae is broadly divided into four categories: (1) Greek New Testament (NT) manuscripts, (2) the versions, (3) patristic and (4) apocryphal sources. There are three possibilities for the origin of the clause in the Protevangelium Jacobi. It is the original creation of the unknown author of the aprocryphal work. In that case, it would not be drawn from any source.

Keywords: apocryphal sources; Gospel of John; Greek New Testament (NT) manuscripts; patristic; pericope adulterae; Protevangelium Jacobi.

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