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Knowledge based Opinion and Honest Questions

February 27, 2019

Some comments on my posting yesterday about the recent splendid book on the pericope of the adulterous woman lead me now to comment back in a posting, rather than address them individually (which would be tedious).

This site isn’t a public bulletin board or a graffiti wall or a place for speculative “sky writing”.  As indicated in the site rules, there is a welcome for questions, honest questions, not bating ones.  And if the question is really a challenge to the argument of the book, then first read the book, and then decide if you have a challenge/question after that.  It’s not my purpose here to defend the book in question, and all the more to individuals who haven’t read it.  It’s a pretty broadly researched and investigated work, and your question is likely addressed.  So, read the book.  If you want to know if this or that matter is addressed, I may be able to help.  But if you want to argue about the matter, then your dialogue partners are Knust and Wasserman, and their book.

Also, everyone is entitled to an opinion, but not entitled to his/her own truth.  And opinion that rests purely on one’s speculation, without doing the hard historical work of mastering the evidence, isn’t worth the time it takes to read it.  So, e.g., a few individuals have offered their “off the top of my head” opinions about the pericope of the adulterous woman, why it was composed, why it was inserted, etc.  But these comments are obviously baseless, in the sense that they rest on no extensive involvement in the evidence.  So, I’m not going to publish them or take the time to point out specifically how baseless they are.  These remind me of lazy students I sometimes had who didn’t do the class preparation work but thought they could bluff their way by offering an opinion anyway.  Easily caught out.  If you haven’t done the work, then avoid offering an opinion.  Ask an honest question for information purposes.  But keep quiet with baseless opinions and no one will know how ill informed you are!

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  1. John Mitrosky permalink

    I have always been ambivalent about the authenticity of “the adulterous” story. The matter I would like to know, if it is addressed or not in Knust and Wasserman’s book is: On the one hand, the story offers believable, welcoming detail into Jesus’ relations toward and with women, but on the other hand, I find cogent the sentiment in “The Five Gospels”, by Funk, Hoover and the Jesus Seminar, “We assign the words and story to a special category of things we wish Jesus had said and done.” Besides it obviously being a story alluding to Deut 17:7, what might be their thoughts, or yours, on authenticity Larry? I love the story!!! It makes Jesus into a person who wants others to repent, or rethink for themselves, which is exactly the type of person I imagine Jesus was!

    • I haven’t investigated the adulteress story well enough to offer an authoritative judgement about its “authenticity” (if you mean whether it actually represents an historically authentic incident). But we don’t need it to establish the theme: Luke 7:36-50 will serve.

  2. Edwin permalink

    Your blog is informative even to the lay person. Thank you. It’s very unique, but would like it not to be so unique, please recommend other blogs by credible NT or OT scholars if you could.

  3. Love that last paragraph! In a culture that has a significant “post truth” bent, that last paragraph is a breath of fresh air! Well said.

  4. Doug Bridges permalink


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