The Adulterous Woman

Susan Irene Fox

What do we focus on in this familiar story?

What did Jesus focus on?


Most of us are familiar with the story of adulterous woman in John 7:53-8:11.

Jesus was at the Temple. A crowd gathered before him, and he sat down and began to teach them.

Where else have we seen this?

One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him and he began to teach them. (Matthew 5:1-2)

This time, religious leaders brought to a crowd a woman caught in the act of adultery. They did not bring the man, as required by law; only the woman, to humiliate her. Was this a set-up? Did they want to humiliate Jesus, too? They obviously wanted to test Jesus so they could accuse him of crimes against Mosaic Law Yet the Law called for stoning the…

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