Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Pericope Adulterae Book Paperback Giveaway—Chris Keith
As I mentioned earlier, Brill has just issued a paperback version of my book, The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus. In this study, a slightly revised version of my University of Edinburgh PhD thesis, I argue that the story of Jesus and the adulteress, typically printed in English Bibles at John 7.53-8.11, was inserted into John's Gospel in the second or (more likely) third century as a response to both pagan criticisms of Christian illiteracy and the narrative of John 7.15-52, where Jesus' literacy and Galilean's knowledge of the law are both explicitly questioned. I also forward the argument that the author uses the specific verbs he does in John 8.6, 8 (katagrapho and grapho, respectively) as an attempt to parallel Jesus with God as author of the Decalogue in LXX Exod 32.15. The study also contains, to my knowledge, the fullest refutation of the "suppression theory"; that is, the idea that the story of the adulteress was originally in the Gospel of John but was taken out and suppressed because of Jesus being too lenient on the adulteress. I simply can't see that there's any evidence for this view. At any rate, the good folks at Brill have agreed to give away a free copy of the book. So, if you're interested, you know the drill. You can enter by (1) leaving a comment under this post, (2) sharing this post on Facebook and leaving a comment saying you did, (3) signing up to follow the blog and leaving a comment saying you did, (4) sharing on Twitter and leaving a comment saying you did, and, for the wildcard entry, (5) leaving in the comments your favorite Chevy Chase quote from any movie he's been in. Mine? Easy, Fletch: "I'll have a steak sandwich . . .and a steak sandwich."