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Ward on the PA

Excerpt from: R.B. Ward, The Case for John 7:53-8:11, (USA, c. 1960)

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Ward: - on the PA

    A. Textual Evidence
     1. Manuscripts - E . McMillan (1959)
     2. Patristic - J.P. Migne etc.

    B. Internal Evidence:
     1. Literary Form - Dibelius (1935), Jeremias (1950)
     2. Vocabulary & Style - Cadbury (1917)
     3. Significant Terminology - Jeremias, Manson etc.
     4. Point of PA - author's intent

    C. The Source of the PA:
     1. Koester's Theory (1957) - 2nd century Political Insertion
     2. Schilling's Hypothesis (1955) - customized insert based on Susanna
     3. Bishop's Source Theory (1934) - Lukan Authorship, from Proto-Luke
     4. Caesarean Origin - later inserted in John

The Case for John 7:53-8:11

Roy Bowen Ward

In an article 1 in a recent iss. of the Restoration Quarterly Earle McMillan set forward certain textual evidence concerning the PAe (PA = Jn.7:53-8:11). His conclusion was that the evidence is insufficient for including the PA in John's Gospel.

Following this conclusion the present article will attempt to deal with the question of the history of this pericope, insofar as we are able to reconstruct that history. It will be necesasry first to review the textual evidence, to analyze the PA itself, and then to give attention to certain possible hypotheses.

A. Textual Evidence

1. Manuscripts, Papyri

For the purpose of this art. it is necessary only to briefly summarize the significant MS findings. As McMillan pointed out, the major support for the PA following Jn. 7:52 is Codex Bezae (D), a 5th cent. Graeco-Latin MS, probably from the West. 2 On the other hand, the PA is omitted in such important MSS as Vaticanus (B) and Sinaiticus (א). (ALexandrinus (A) is defective here.) The latest pertinent MS discovery - the Papyrus Bodmer (P66) - concurs in omitting the story. 3 Significant also is the fact that the PA is found after Luke 21:38 in the Ferrar Group of cursive MSS (Fam. 13).

Among the ancient writings the first which seems to refer to this story is the 3rd cent. Syriac Didaskalia, f26b, 4 (which is also incorporated into the 4th cent. Apost. Const., ii., 24). Eusebius (d. 371) records a reference by Papias, perhaps refering to this story, 5 but Euseb. ascribes it to the Gospel Acc.Hebrews (prob. = the harmonized Ebionite Gosp.).

1. Earle McMillan, "Textual Authority for John 7:53-8:11" Restoration Quarterly, vol.3 (1959), pp.18-22.

2. Some argue for an Egyptian origin.

3. For the text, see Victor Martin, ed., Pap. Bodmoer II (Cologny-Geneve, 1956). For an evaluation, see F.V.Filson, "A New Papyrus MS of the Gospel of John", Biblical Archaeologist, vol. 20 (1957), pp.54-63. A date of c. 200 A.D. is given.

4. Margaret Gibson, tr., DIdascalia Apostolorum in English (London, 1903), pp.39-40.

5. Eccl. Hist. III,39,17, in edit. of Eduard Schwartz, Die Griechischen Christlichen Shriftsteller der ersten drei Jahrunderte(Leipzig, 1903), II.1, p.292.

A. Textual Evidence

2. Patristic Evidence

There is no Greek commentary on this story until Euthymius Zigabenus (c.1200), and he judged it an insertion. 6 The first Latin writer known to refer to this story is Pacian of Barcelona (d. 397). 7 In the same period 3 other Western fathers, Ambrose of Milan,8 Jerome and Augustine, make reference to this story. Jerome, who included it in his Latin Vulgate, noted that many Greek and Latin MSS had this story in John. 9 Augustine accused some of little faith of removing the story from their MSS. 10 Later Nicon accused the Armenians of rejecting it in their version. 11 It should be further noted that the story is absent in Irenaeus, Cyprian, Tertullian, although they were concerned with the subject of adultery.

6.Comment. in Joannem., ad loc., in edit. of J.P.Migne, Patrologia Graeca, vol. 129, col. 1280.

7. Epistola ad sympronianmum Novatianum, iii, 20, in edt. of J.P.Migne, Patrologia Latina, vol. 13, col. 1077.

8. Epistle 26, 2, in PL, vol. 16, col. 1086.

9. Dialogus contra Pelagianos, ii, 17, in PL, vol. 23, col 579.

10. De conjugiis Adulterinis, ii.7, in PL, vol. 40, col. 471.

11.Johanne Cotelerio, ed., Ecclesiae Graecae Monumenta (Paris, 1686), vol. 3, pp. 644f.

B. (Internal) Analysis

1. The Form of the Pericope

Contemporary NT scholarship is to a large extent influenced by the methodology of Form Criticism. Martin Dibelius, the Form Critic most accessible and well-known to English readers, in analyzing the form of this pericope, calls it a hybrid form - a paradigm which has been transformed into a Tale 12 His main criticism is that it has not the brevity and simplicity characteristic of the paradigm. He says:

'The narrative is wordy. Twice is the guilt of the woman mentioned, twice does Jesus bow down and write in the sand...The accusation is given at length, and even the concluding dialogue between Jesus and the woman has not the brevity of the Paradigm." 13

Consequently, the form of the PA is said to indicate that it is a relatively late account, at least in its present form.

However, using the methodology of Form Criticism, it is instructive to compare the PA with the Tribute Money Pericope (TMP, Mark 12:13 ff.), which Dibelius lista as a representative of the paradigm-type "in noteworthy purity". 14 The series of statements in this pericope is quite similar to that in the PA (the number and order of questions and answers). The initial question raised by the opponents is opend with the same vocative, didaskale ("teacher",rabbi).

In contrast to that in the PA, the initial question of the TMP is wordy: the opponents' description of Jesus is repetative, and the question itself is repeated, exestin dounai knenson kaisari e o; domen e me domen; The TMP notes the purpose of the opponents (Mk. 12:13b), as does the PA (Jn.8:6a). In the TMP Jesus gives two commands (Mk. 12:15, 12:17), and in the PA he gives two (Jn. 8:7, 8:11). Furthermore, both end with a word of Jesus. Dibelius points out that Caesar's claim to the tax is not discussed; 15 neither is the legality of the stoning law in this circumstance discussed in the PA. 16

Dibelius allows for an exception to his standard of "brevity and simplicity of the narrative" in the "less-pure" paradigm in Mark 10:17ff, because the additional details "seem to be necessary for the development of the narrative". 17 The additional details in the PA are not of the type whereby the woman is described, etc.; and it may be that the details here are more necessary than supposed. 18

By this comparison of the forms of the PA and of the paradigms of Dibelius we find that according to form the PA can certainly be as old and as reliable as the TMP. Even its "secondary elements" are not without parallels.

12. In Dibelius' terminology, a Paradigm is characterized by (1) rounding off, (2) brevity and simplicity, (3) a thoroughly religious coloring, (4) a word of Jesus as the climax, and (5) an ending useful for preaching. He lists 8 pure paradigms, and 10 less pure. From Tradition to Gospel (Eng. NY,1935), pp.43ff.
A Tale is a story which is complete in itself, one whidh has a relatively secular character, and one which demonstrates the preeminence of the Lord Jesus. Dibelius distinguishes 15 Tales in the Gospel. Ibid, pp. 71ff.

13. Ibid., p. 98. See also p. 165.

14. Ibid., p. 43.

15. Ibid., p. 68.

16. Several questions arise: stoning was not the usual punishment for an adulteress - only in certain cases; see Strack & Billerbeck, Kommentar zum Neuen Testament, vol. , p.519. Also, did the Jews have competence in capital punishment cases at this time? J. Jeremias argues that they did not, "Zur Geschichtlichkeit des Verhoers Jesus vor dem Hohen Rat", Zietschrift fuer die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 43 (1950-51), pp. 145-150.

17. Dibelius, op. cit., p. 50.

18. Here, however, this argument depends on the text. Dibelius is correct in seeing explanations, etc., in the variants - which do reflect embellishments.

B. Internal Analysis (cont.)

2. Vocabulary and Style

The work of H. Cadbury has shown that the vocabulary and style of the PA are characteristic - not of John - but of Luke. 19 Cadbury has pointed especially to certain "unquestioned words" that are characteristic of Luke: απο του νυν, αρχομαι απο, επιμενω, ειπεν δε, 'ος 20. He concludes:

"It can safely be affirmed that the passage in its oldest form contained as much distinctively Lukan language as the average passage of equal brevity and simplicity in Luke's acknowledged works." 21

19. H. Cadbury, "A Possible Case of Lukan Authorship", Harv.Theol.Rev., vol. 10 (1917), pp. 238-41.

20. Ibid., p.242.

21. idem.

B. Internal Analysis (cont.)

3. Significant Terminology

John 8:6 - κάτω κύψας, τῷ δακτύλῳ [κατ]ἔγραφεν εἰς τὴν γῆν,... (also 8:8). Certain MSS variants seem to be attempts to explain the action of Jesus writing on the ground. At the end of Jn. 8:6 codices E G H K add μὴ προσποιούμενος. perhaps meaning: "paying no attention to them". Codex U adds to Jn. 8:8 ενος εκαστου αυτον τας αμαρτιας, explaining what Jesus wrote.

Wetstein has collected a number of Greek parallels, but they reflect various moods - from mere pastime to uncertainty. 22

Humbert, 23 Margolioyth, 24 Power 25 and Wensinck 26 have supplied Arabic parallels to Jesus' action. Wensinck in particular, suggests that this is the gesture of one reflecting upon a serious question. Bishop, using the contributions of Wensinck, goes further to say that this action of Jesus - and, indeed, the whole picture presented in the PA - points to "an Eastern, if not a Palestinian background." 27 If this is so, the reliability of the PA is enhanced.

But yet another significance may be attached to Jesus' action, as Manson suggests in a note to an article by Jeremias. The thesis of Jeremias is that the Sanhedrin did not have competence in capital punishment cases in the time of Jesus. Over against the traditional view that the Jews were taking the woman to judgment, Jeremias asserts that they are coming back from the Roman Judgment. Thus the question put to Jesus involves him in the dilemma of choosing between Roman or Jewish authority. As Jeremias says,

"If Jesus says that one shall put through the sentence, then he appears as a Revolutionist; if he says that it shall not be executed, he makes himself unpopular. It is thus the same cunningly devised political 'temptation' as in Mark 12:13-17. Whichever way Jesus may decide, he lays himself bare. 28

To this interpretation of Jeremias, Manson adds an explanation of Jesus' writing in the dust which he bases on the "well known practice in Roman criminal law, whereby the presiding judge first wrote down the sentece and then read it aloud from the written record." 29 Manson then interprets the PA thus:

"Jesus by this action says in effect: "You are inviting me to usurp the functions of the Roman governor. Very well, I will do so; and I will do it in the approved Roman manner." He then stoops down and pretends to write down the sentence, after which he reads it out:
"Whoever among you is without sin, let him be the first to cast a stone at her." ... Jesus defeats the plotters by going through the form of pronouncing sentence in the best Roman style, but wording it so that it cannot be executed." 30

The explanation of Manson (following Jeremias) curiously enough leads us again to the Tribute Money Pericope (TMP) in Mark. In both instances we have to do with a situation where Jesus is tested in the context of Roman/Jewish tensions. And in both instances we have a picture of Jesus answering his opponents in a cogent way - first using a Roman coin and then a Roman legal procedure. In Mark they were amazed; in the PA they filed out. 31 If the Jeremias-Manson explanation is accepted, then the PA shows an insight into the conflict produced because the Sanhedrin did not have competence in capital punishment cases. In early 2nd cent. material this point is forgotten; witness the Gospel of Peter in which it is the Jews, not the Romans, who actually put Jesus to death!

Jn. 8:11 - Οὐδὲ ἐγώ σε [κατα]κρίνω (also Jn. 8:10). Is the idea of forgiveness involved in the PA? No, say many commentators, such as Lightfoot 32 and Hoskyns. 33 Of course αφιεμι is not used- but is it not implied? In Greek legal usage κατακρίνω is used for the sentence of condemnation, but when in judgment the accused is released, then αφιεμι is often used as the corresponding term. 34 Cremer says that in profane Greek αφιεμι is used,

"to express the discharge or aquittal of an accused; because, either with or without the judicial sentence, the charge falls to the ground, or the punishment is remitted, and the guilty person is dealt with as if he were innocent." 35

Here Jesus deals with the guilty adulteress as if she were innocent (there is no doubt of her guilt!). In this legal context Jesus' decision is expressed, ἐγώ σε [κατα]κρίνω - but this is merely the negative way of saying, αφιεμι σε. And if Jesus dealt with her as if she were innocent, is this not in this case αφιεμναι τας αμαρτιας?

It is objected that this is not forgiveness of sins because there is no indication of repentant faith on the part of the woman. 37 However, there are occasions of forgiveness in which the inner condition of the one forgiven is not discussed, such as in Mark 2:5. The PA would seem to fall into this category: the accent is not on repentance, but is rather on Jesus' action (which is, in effect, forgiveness). This is the understanding that the earliest witness to the PA had, for the author of Didaskalia prefaced his citation with an exhortation to the bishops to act as Jesus did. 38

22. Joannis Wetstein, Nov. Test. (1751), ad loc.

23. Paul Humbert, "Jesus Writing on the Ground (John 8:6-8)", Expository Times, vol. 30 (1918-19), pp. 475-6.

24. D.S. Margoliouth, "Jesus Writing on the Ground" Expository Times, vol. 31 (1919-20), pp. 38.

25. E. Power, "Writing on the Ground" Biblica, vol. 2 (1921), pp. 54-7.

26. A.J. Wensinck, "John 8:6-8", Amicitiae Carolla (Lond. 1933), pp. 300-2.

27. E.F.F. Bishop, "PAe", Journal of Theol. Studies, vol. 35 (1934), p. 44.

28. Jeremias, op. cit., p. 148.

29. T.W. Manson, The Pericope de Adultera (Jn 7:53-8:11)" Zeitschrift fuer die neutestamentliche Wissenschat, vol 44 (1952-3), p. 256. Manson documents this statement with several sources, including TH. Mommsen, Le Droit penal romain (Trans. Duquesne, 1907) II, pp. 129-131.

30. Idem.

31. Perhaps substantiating this interpretation is the fact that katagrapho used only here in the NT, may mean to register or to record. Moulton & Milligan state that in their sources it is used "in a more or less technical sense". The Vocab. of the Gr.NT, s.v.

32. R.H. Lightfoot, St John's Gospel (Oxf. 1956) p. 348.

33. E. Hoskyns, The Fourth Gosp. (Lond.1956), p. 570. But Hoskyns is not altogether consistent. In Jn. 5:14 where Jesus says "sin no more" Hoskyns does find "forgiveness"; ad loc.

34. Note the usage by Plutarch in Moralia I. 178F and 178D.

35. Cremer, Biblico-Theo. Lex. of NT Greek, p. 296.

36. Bultmann has pointed out the frequent usage of aphesis, etc., in the juridicial sense, and he has emphasized that this is not yet in the religious sense. Theo. Woer. zum NT vol. 1 s.v. But the point here is that in this situation the legal aspect must have religious elements too. Jesus does not act as a purely legal judge. (Luke 12:14). If his role is primarily a religous one, and if aphienai is implied, then it is aphienai tas hamartaias.

37. Hoskins, etc.

38. Gibson, tr., loc cit. it should be noted however, that the author of the Didaskalia did not perfectly understand the story since he assumes it speaks also about repentance!

B. Internal Analysis (cont.)

4. Intent of Author of PA

The situation of the PA is one of controversy, as in the TMP. In both instances Jesus opponents try to put him in a situation where he will have to side with either the pro-Roman forces or the pro-Jewish forces; but in each case Jesus overcomes the dilemma. But in the PA the dilemma itself is connected with the subject of sin: The woman is sinful, and if Jesus does not condemn her, he sins against the Law of Moses. Jesus turns the situation around, and following the Roman procedure, he says that the sinless ones must execute sentence. The Jewish leaders are hereby convicted of sin and the true sinless one, rather than condemning, forgivesthe woman and says, "Go, sin no more." The contrast is between the sinners (who attempt to, but cannot condemn) and the Sinless One (who can condemn, but does not)!

C. The Source of the PA

(p. 136-139)

The general consensus of the NT scholarship is that the source of the PA is not the Evangelist John. 39 Then what is the source?

Some have considered that it is a later tradition.

Koester's Insertion Theory

H. Koester has suggested that the PA comes not from the life of Jesus but,

..."rather it has its life siuation in the Church debate over the forgiveness of adultery, and it authorizes a positive answer to this question through a narrative projected into the life of Jesus." 40

The Church debate over the forgiveness of "sins unto death" including adultery, had its beginning in the NT (Heb 10:26, etc) and continued for several centuries. The 2nd century was a period of variety - even in the same region - in regard to the penitential system. 41 In the early 3rd century a significant event occured. Callistus, bishop of Rome (d.222), issued an edict - called "peremptory" by Tertullian - in which he announced:

"I remit to such as have done penance the sins of both adultery and fornication" 42

This incident could not have been the actual source of the PA. 43 But the 2nd century could have produced this tradition and when Callistus and others argued for some more laxist position, it was then incorporated into some canonical texts.

There are certain objections which must be made against this hypothesis that the PA is a 2nd century tradition:

(1)The form of the pericope does not necessarily indicate a late tradition. 44

(2) The vocabulary and style have been shown to be Lukan and therefore these have no indication of a late date. 45

(3) Jesus' action of writing on the ground has been shown to suggest an early and reliable account, or an uninformed late tradition. 46

(4) If our analysis of the point of the PA is correct, then the emphasis is on the contrast between the sinners and the sinless one (who forgives).

This does not seem to be directly to the point in the debate on forgiveness of "sins unto death".

If the story were written with this in mind, there would be no apparent point to Jesus statement, ο αναμαρτητος ktl. ("the Sinless One"...).

The laxists argued on the basis that the rigorists could not condemn because they themselves were sinners. Rather the argument had to do with authority. Tertulian argued against Callistus that he couldn't forgive the sin of adultery because God did not delegate his authority to the Church to forgive "sins onto death". 47

39. Note the opinions of those cited by McMillan, loc. cit.

40. Helmut Koester, "Die ausserkanonischen Herrenworte", Zeitschrift fuer die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 48 (1957), p. 233.

41. B. J. Kidd, A History of the Church to A.D. 461, (Oxf. 1922), vol. 1, p. 371.

42. De pudicitia,1, in PL, vol. 2, cols. 680-3.

43. Too many things argue against such a late source, such as the fact that too soon thereafter it is referred to in the Didaskalia as an incident in the life of Jesus.

44. See supra, pp. 3-5.

45. See supra, p. 5.

46. See supra, pp. 5-7.

47. Kidd, op. cit., p. 375.

2. The Schilling Hypothesis

(p. 137 fwd)

A second hypothesis is put forward by F. Schilling, who has amassed evidence to show that the PA depicts Jesus as a judge superior to Daniel in the Susanna story. 48 He sees an author other than the Evangelist John but one who wrote and inserted the section "with full knowledge of the general character of the Johannine Gospel". 49

Schilling speaks of the "authentic quality" of the story, but the life Situation of the PA as such is in the early Church at a period later than the Fourth Gospel.

It functions as "a procedural precedent for the presbyters of the Church. They should always offer forgiveness, and treat accordingly, the straying and lost all, not only the penitent" 50

Against this hypothesis there are also certain objections:

(1) Schilling's suggestion that the author of the pericope consciously wrote the story with the intent to fit it into the Fourth Gospel does not account for the Lukan character of the pericope. (He recognizes the difference of style, but not that it is Lukan. 51 )

(2) He does not adequately deal with the appearance of the pericope in Luke in the Ferrar MSS (Family 13).

(3) Furthermore, for all his arguments for an intended contrast with Daniel, the contrast fails to come through clearly. Such connections of this pericope with the Susanna story, as in the Roman Missal, 52 may reflect a reading back into the pericope a connection with Daniel, rather than an intended analogy by its author.

(4) Finally, it would seem that the point of the pericope is not directed primarily to presbyters as Schilling suggests. The pericope reflects interest in Jesus himself, the sinless one (who forgives). It is a preaching function that is involved not an ecclesiastical function. The ecclesiastical function, as found in the Didaskalia is a secondary and later function.

48. R.H. Charles, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, vol. 1, pp. 642ff.

49. Frederick Schilling, "The Story of Jesus and the Adulteress", Anglican Theol. Review, vol. 37 (1955), p. 96.

50. ibid., p. 97.

51. ibid., p. 96.

52. ibid., p. 105.

3. Bishop's Proto-Luke Source

(p. 137 fwd)

E. Bishop has suggested that the PA was originaly a part of one of the sources of Luke. Bishop's hypothesis rests upon V. Taylor's reconstruction of "Proto-Luke".

(Taylor's hypothesis is as follows: Luke gathered an oral material from eye-witnesses etc., while in Caesarea, and he himself recorded it. The material included especially stories about women. Later Luke used this source (Luke 1:2) in composing Luke-Acts.)

Bishop also draws upon Cadbury's declaration of the Lukan vocabulary and style, the possibility of a Caesarean manuscript tradition (ie: the Ferrar Group), Wensinck's interpretation of Jesus action as an Eastern custom and his own examination of the text of Luke and of this pericope. Bishop concludes:

"The gap in the beautiful collection of stories about Jesus, which Luke gathered during his days in Caesarea and Jerusalem is filled in." 53

This hypothesis would push back the Life situation of the PA to either the early Palestinian church, or to the ministry of Jesus itself.

Taylor dates "Proto-Luke" at 60-65 A.D. 54 and he evaluates it as "an early and reliable historical work". 55

That the PA is Lukan is strongly suggested by the available evidence: vocabulary and style, subject matter, 56 its position in Luke in the Ferrar Group of manuscripts etc.

But if it is Lukan, how and why was this substantial passage removed en bloc from the text of Luke? 57 Although it is dangerous to speculate too much behind the existing Gospels, Bishop's hypothesis does offer a solution to the problem.

Bishop explains the Lukan character by affirming that Luke did write the story but that he wrote it as a part of what Taylor has called "Proto-Luke", a collection of such stories, especially stories about women.

But then Luke did not use all of this source when he composed Luke-Acts. Thus the story was not actually removed from canonical gospel (as Augustine and Nicon suggested!) because it did not stand in one at the beginning.

In Caesarea, where "Proto-Luke" would have been known, the story could have found its way into MSS of Luke in its "approximate" place. 58

53. Bishop, op. cit., p. 45.

54. Vincent Taylor, Behind the Third Gospel (Oxf. 1926), p.213.

55. Ibid., p. 254.

56. Note Luke's interest in women, his interest in sinners, and the corresponding emphasis on forgiveness by Jesus. Cf. Henry Cadbury, The Making of Luke/Acts (NY, 1927), pp. 258-265. Although judgment is a Johannine theme, the kind of "judgment" here is somewhat different from what is characteristic of the Fourth Gospel - it is more Lukan than Johannine. Cf. D. F. Buechsel, "Krino, ktl.," Theologisches Woerterbuch zum Neuen Testament, vol. 3, s.v.; esp. see p. 939.

57. Cadbury is convinced that passages were not removed en bloc from texts, and yet he contends that this pericope is Lukan. HTR, loc. cit.

58. Bishop shows a slight error of placing in these MSS.

4. Caesarean Origin

Johannine Insertion (p. 139 fwd)

Certainly whether "Proto-Luke" existed or not, there is much evidence that points to Caesarea as the earliest place where the story was known. Indeed, if the PA is Lukan, note that the MSS group which correctly assigns it to Luke is the Ferrar Group, a family of texts which seem to represent a Caesarean text tradition, as Streeter has shown! 59

And Eusebius, who seems to know this story, 60 was a Caesarean. Eusebius says that the story was contained in the Gospel According to Hebrews, and two of our important witnesses to this lost gospel - Eusebius and Origen - lived in Caesarea at least part of their lives: and Jerome says that this gospel was in the library in Caesarea! 61

That story was known in and around Caesarea seems assured. That the story went back to a "Proto-Luke" is a distinct possibility. 62

As the story became more well-known outside of Caesarea, it may have then found its way into the Fourth Gospel, perhaps as a gloss on the subject of "Judgement" in John 8:15 f, or perhaps through a lectionary. Possibly it found its way into the Fourth Gospel because it became associated with the Apostle John in Papias and/or the Gospel acc. Hebrews, as Bacon suggests. 63

The debate on forgiveness no doubt determined how much it could be used and to what extent it could find and maintain textual security in the manuscript tradition. 64

59. B.H. Streeter, The Four Gospels, (Lond. 1924) pp. 79 ff.

60. Of course, Eusebius' reference is brief, and therefore it could be questioned whether this was precisely the PA or not.

61. Dialogus contra Pelagianos, iii, 2, in PL, vol. 23, cols. 597f.

62. Actually, the story would go back to the oral tradition, but the particular form of the written story must go back to some kind of Lukan influence.

63. Benjamin Bacon, Studies in Matthew, (NY, 1930), appended note VI, pp. 486ff.

64. Other recent articles on the PA not previously cited include:

S. Laeuchli, "Eine Alte Spur von Joh. 8, 1-11", Theologische Zietschrift, vol. 6/2 (1950), p. 151.

Harald Riesenfeld, "Perikopen de adultera i den fornkyrkliga traditionen", Svensk Ezegetisk Arabok, vol. 17 (1952), pp. 106-118.

J. Blinzier, "Die Strafe fuer Ehebruch in Bibel und Halacha; zur Auslegung von Joh. 8:5" NT Studies vol. 4 (1957), pp. 32-47.

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