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?

JeffLogan's picture

A certain amount of re-hashing may be profitable

Micael writes, "Its quite pompous of our modern generation that seems to believe no one with brains existed us."

I don't think it's "pompous" to question, research, and engage in study. I think it is very healthy and should be the norm. There are plenty of organizations one can join which admonishes their adherents to believe as they are told to believe and accept the words of their leader as truth without question. That is a dangerous position to be in, IMHO. And it begs of cultism (I use this word in a religious sense to mean a sect controlled by an authoritarian figure whose word is law; meaning it must be accepts without question).

Besides, in our age we have the advantage of being able to refer to the opinions of these learned men who preceded us--something they did not have in their day. And, quite frankly, sometimes those who are caught up in the moment are not as objective as they may think. So it can be to our advantage to have many perspectives. Then, instead of merely accepting another's opinions we can formulate our own convictions--hopefully guided by the Holy Spirit in this case.

Of course, there is always the danger of lingering on the more trivial to the exclusion of more weightier matters.

But I say, question everything. But do so in the Light of understanding from God's Word. It's not good enough to know that someone else knows the truth, we must know Truth for ourselves. (Notice that I capitalized Truth, for Jesus is Truth; and each of us must have a personal relationship with Jesus). To have such apathy to know the Truth for oneself is like saying, "I know my pastor knows the Lord and that's good enough for me. I don't need to know the Lord for myself because I can ask my pastor what it's like." That's silly! No, that's not merely silly, it's self-contradictory and suicidal!

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