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The Canonical Status of the Pericope Adulterae (John 7:53–8:11)

Carl B. Bridges
Professor of New Testament
Johnson Bible College

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The story of the woman caught in adultery represents a real event in the life of
Jesus but came into the manuscript tradition too late to earn canonical status.
Considering its use as canon by Catholics, Orthodox, and some Protestants,
and considering that it displays a theology consistent with the rest of the NT, it
appears as a benign expansion of the Gospels.

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