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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."

53 comments:

  1. "Why am I here? Why are you here? Why is anybody here? I think it was Jean-Paul Sartre who once said... how do you spell spell Sartre?"

    -anthony

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  2. A book to have for sure.

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  3. “This just in: Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.” (Qualifies under option 1 even if disallowed under option 5 because not a movie.)

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  4. Chevy Chase? Isn't that a city somewhere?

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  5. Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

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  6. Sorry, no Chevy Chase quotes from me

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  7. From Christmas Vacation, Clark says "Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?"

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  8. I'd be interested in reading your argument, Dr. Keith, as to why this interpolation was inserted to combat pagan criticisms. I'm highly unaware as to the reception of the fourth gospel, including the synoptics, by the surrounding pagan community. Fingers are crossed.

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  9. I would love to read this book. And from Christmas Vacation: "Yes, oh I do? Yeah, it is a bit nipply out. I mean nippy. What am I saying, nipple?"

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  10. At least I didn't leave a quote about eggnog - though it is a good one.

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  11. my car just hit a water buffalo

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  12. I hope that I can read this book soon!

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  13. Shared on my academic circles...

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  14. And congratulations to the editorials for the great task to spread this books.

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  15. Fletch: "I'm a shepherd."

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    1. Jack, this was ALMOST mine, along with "off-track betting in the Himalayas."

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  16. Would love to read your work!

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  17. I would love to read your work!

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  18. Books are nice. Books by smart people, even more so.

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  19. This is a post saying that I shared on Facebook.

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  20. "It wouldn't be the Christmas season if the stores were any less hooter than they-HOTTER than they are."

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  21. Would love to read the book.

    Jeff Brunsman

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  22. Posted on facebook, too.

    Jeff Brunsman

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  23. "or perhaps you don't want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth, which is only four short hours away?"

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  24. Looks like an interesting book...hope I win!

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  25. "Doctor...Doctor...Doctor..." --Spies Like Us

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  26. Some classic Chevy Chase from Christmas Vacation:

    "Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?"

    "Yeah, it is a bit nipply out. I mean nippy. What am I saying, nipple?"

    "Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, fore-fleshing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d!ckless, hopeless, heartless, fat-@ss, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey sh!t he is. Hallelujah. Holy sh!t. Where's the Tylenol?"

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  27. "Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?"

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  28. Clark: Oh, the silent majesty of a winter's morn... the clean, cool chill of the holiday air... an asshole in his bathrobe, emptying a chemical toilet into my sewer...

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