Monday, May 11, 2015

Forthcoming Book on the Pericope of Jesus and the Adulteress

From Dave Black:

I am pleased to announce that The Pericope of the Adulteress in Modern Research has been accepted for publication in T & T Clark’s Library of New Testament Studies series. You may recall that SEBTS hosted a major conference on this topic in April of 2014.

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Well, the papers have now been assembled in book form. Yours truly and my former assistant and current Th.M. student Jacob Cerone are serving as editors. Here are the contents:

Foreword:  Gail O’Day
Preface: David Alan Black
Introduction: Jacob N. Cerone
Chapter 1: John David Punch: “The Piously Offensive Pericope Adulterae
Chapter 2: Jennifer Knust: “‘Taking Away From’: Patristic Evidence and the Omission of the Pericope Adulterae from John’s Gospel”
Chapter 3: Tommy Wasserman: “The Strange Case of the Missing Adulteress”
Chapter 4:  Chris Keith: “The Pericope Adulterae: A Theory of Attentive Insertion”
Chapter 5: Maurice Robinson: “The Pericope Adulterae: A Johannine Tapestry with Double Interlock”
Chapter 6: Larry Hurtado: “The Pericope Adulterae: Where from Here?

I’ll just say that I’m delighted that Gail O’Day agreed to write the foreword and Larry Hurtado the response. And, of course, I am grateful beyond words to T & T Clark. If this book in an way contributes to even one person coming to a better understanding of this key New Testament passage, then the conference was worth the effort a billion times over.


  1. Yes! I've been wanting this ever since I read about the conference. Is there an ETA for publication?

    I think this is my first post here (love this blog!) so I should come out and admit that I'm 1. not trained in NT Greek or text-criticism (software developer here!), so I promise to mostly keep quiet, 2. very much interested in the subject, and 3. very much impressed with Byzantine-priority. So I'm particularly eager to read Dr Robinson's piece - I've yet to read a scholarly defense of the Pericope Adulterae.

    Something else to wait for, besides the promised interview with Dr Robinson on Pastor Abidan Shah's podcast... :)

  2. Personally I think the story of the wedding in Cana is more "Piously Offensive" than the Pericope Adulterae, especially since the most pious can interpret Jesus as strictly following the Law which states the man and woman must be executed together or not at all.

  3. Those wanting a summary of the goings-on from the April 2014 conference at SEBTS on the subject may visit the following posts:
    Part 1: Punch: Ecclesiastical Suppression:
    Part 2: Wasserman: Editorial Expansion:
    Part 3: Knust: Against the Ecclesiastical Suppression Theory:
    Part 4: Keith: Interpolation by a Mimic Added to Show That Jesus Could Write:
    Part 5: Robinson: Removal Caused by A Quirk in the Lection for Pentecost:
    Part 6: Panel Discussion: .

    After digesting the conference's presentations, I favor Robinson's position.