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?

Micael's picture

RE:A certain amount of re-hashing may be profitable

I apologize for giving you the wrong impression, because I completely agree with your statement, "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).... No, that's not merely silly, it's self-contradictory and suicidal!"

That said, I must say there is a difference between questioning a misinformed pastor and questioning the WORD of God which is the point I was trying to make. What we are questioning here is not a pastor, but revealed Word of God- gospel verses none-the-less! While we all have to have a personal relationship, the Spirit of Truth is the same for all and unites us all in the One Truth. It is good to inquire and question, and in some sense even doubt. However when it comes to the Word we understand its author is not merely men, but the Spirit. And if Truth has been reveal to us although through men, it is ultimately not OF men, but of God.* In that light we accept and humble ourselves to that TRUTH, though it does not mean we are not to inquire. Thats not suicidal,its called FAITH. Faith that the Spirit of Truth revealed though the ages is consistent and unchanging for men of all times and cultures. If we don't accept that then where is the limit? Should we also consider the removal of entire books; if we can find excuses to remove verses from the Word why can't we find excuses to remove entire books from GOD'S some reformers wanted to remove James, Revelation and other books... that would certainly define- "self-contradictory and suicidal!"

*For this cause also we thank God without ceasing: because when ye received the Word of God, which ye heard from us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which also worketh effectually in you that believe. (1 Thes 2:13)