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?

noprem's picture

Tastes like Jesus?

'The taste buds [are] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know them?' :-)

--The Law, under which Jesus and the accusers were under at the time, required that both sinners be accused and tried. She was "taken"; was her boyfriend too quick for them?
--The woman may have been sad, but that doesn't prove repentance, a prerequisite for forgiveness by God's standards. The account says 'taken in adultery', not 'confessed adultery'.
--The 'writing in the sand' business has the ring of oriental or Arabic storytelling. Jesus would have been listening intently to this life-or-death accusation.