Is the "woman caught in adultery" story canonical?

ATLacasse's picture

I'm sure some or many have noticed the notation in the ESV version on John 7:53-8:11 which covers the woman caught in adultery. This section is taught on very often in the circles I travel in but I am unsure what to make of the ESV's note. If you do not have that version the note says: "The earliest manuscripts do not include John 7:53–8:11," and "Some manuscripts do not include 7:53–8:11; others add the passage here or after 7:36 or after 21:25 or after Luke 21:38, with variations in the text." Would anyone have any knowledge on this?

SrAbels's picture

Prize winning taste

Over 40 years ago, Italy was caught producing wine on ships anchored out in the Mediterranean Sea. From grain alcohol, banana peels, ethylene glycol and other chemicals, cheap table wines were produced outside of Italian jurisdiction. They tasted enough like wine to be sold as cheap table wines in Europe, but they never won any prizes for their taste.
The pericope of the "woman caught in adultery" does not have good manuscript evidence for canonicity, but when it comes to tasting like Jesus, it certainly is a prize winner.
The style and vocabulary sound more like like Luke's than John's writing, but there is no doubt that the flavor and message are pure Jesus. The story has also aged well, and we continue to appreciate it for its fresh bite and warm aftertaste.