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The Pericope of the Adulteress in Contemporary Research



The contributors to this volume (J.D. Punch, Jennifer Knust, Tommy Wasserman, Chris Keith, Maurice Robinson, and Larry Hurtado) re-examine the Pericope Adulterae (John 7.53-8.11) asking afresh the question of the paragraph’s authenticity. Each contributor not only presents the reader with arguments for or against the pericope’s authenticity but also with viable theories on how and why the earliest extant manuscripts omit the passage.

Readers are encouraged to evaluate manuscript witnesses, scribal tendencies, patristic witnesses, and internal evidence to assess the plausibility of each contributor’s proposal. Readers are presented with cutting-edge research on the pericope from both scholarly camps: those who argue for its originality, and those who regard it as a later scribal interpolation. In so doing, the volume brings readers face-to-face with the most recent evidence and arguments (several of which are made here for the first time, with new evidence is brought to the table), allowing readers to engage in the controversy and weigh the evidence for themselves.

Key Features

  • Examines the historical reception of the Pericope of the Adulteress
  • Offers a comprehensive examination of the textual issues
  • Presents evidence for both sides of the debate


  • The Piously Offensive Pericope Adulterae
  • The Strange Case of the Missing Adulteress
  • “Taking Away From:” Patristic Evidence and the Omission of the Pericope Adulterae from John’s Gospel
  • The Pericope Adulterae: A Theory of Attentive Insertion
  • The Pericope Adulterae: A Johannine Tapestry with Double Interlock
  • The Pericope Adulterae: Where From Here?


  • David Alan Black
  • Gary M. Burge
  • Larry Hurtado
  • Chris Keith
  • Jennifer Knust
  • John David Punch
  • Maurice Robinson
  • Tommy Wasserman

Praise for the Print Edition

This volume will prove to be the starting point for future discussions of the PA, and is highly recommended for research libraries as well as for all scholars working within text criticism or Fourth Gospel research.

Religious Studies Review

It is pleasing to have available in a single volume an overview of the most recent scholarship regarding the contentious story of the woman caught in adultery... The volume is well edited and a valuable addition to the discussion.

Journal for the Study of the New Testament

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About the Editors

David Alan Black is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA.

Jacob Cerone is a postgraduate student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA.

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