JESUS AND THE LAW OF MOSES: THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY
The purpose of this article is to give careful attention to the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). Fewer episodes in the ministry of Jesus have received more attention than this one, and yet fewer have suffered more misunderstanding at the hands of well-intentioned modern interpreters. This text is often presented as the best evidence that Jesus postured Himself as being above and superseding the Law of Moses. This attitude has persisted despite the clear statements of Jesus Himself (“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill,” Matthew 5:17 NASB) and of His followers after Him (e.g., “But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,” Galatians 4:4 NASB).
So what do we do with these verses that, at first reading, appear to place Jesus and Moses in opposition to one another?
This article was originally published with AG NEWS. “Jesus And The Law of Moses: The Woman Caught in Adultry” AG NEWS, April 28, 2018. https://news.ag.org/features/jesus-and-the-law-of-moses-the-woman-caught-in-adultery
Dr. Wave Nunnally
Professor Emeritus of Early Judaism and Christian Origins Evangel University, Springfield, MO
Jewish backgrounds, New Testament, Hebrew language and the land of Israel are areas of expertise for Dr Wave Nunnally. He has studied, taught and written in these areas for over… More