Was John 7:53-8:11 in the Bible?

This follows up well with Is Mark 16:9-20 in the Bible?

Another one of those passages that is disputed is John 7:53-8:11 (the woman caught in adultery). Undoubtedly it is a favorite story of many, but a wide swath of Bible scholars would say it was text that was inserted later by someone, and wasn’t in the original version of the gospel of John. At first blush, this might seem enough to dismiss it. However…

I was recently introduced to another article by John Tors that gives a very able defense of this story being in the original gospel of John, and therefore part of God’s authoritative Scripture: A CALL FOR SERIOUS EVANGELICAL APOLOGETICS: The Authenticity of John 7:53-8:11 as a Case Study.

Not only does he persuasively argue for it’s inclusion, but there is a bit of a detective-type mystery that is uncovered at the end. I’ll leave it to you to find out what it says.

But, to also introduce you to a fair argument against John 7:53-8:11, I encourage you to read Daniel Wallace’s Note 140 on John 7 (from NET Bible).

I’d love to hear these 2 debate this. But for now, I’m just reporting, and you can decide.


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