John 8:1-11

Ash Wednesday: "There were left the two: misery and mercy"

John 8:1-11

This is the Gospel of Christ, but it is not the Gospel of John. It is rare that Biblical scholarship is unanimous but you won’t find many commentators trying to defend it on these grounds, no matter which century you turn to. The language is not Johanine, we hear of the Mount of Olives, and Jesus disputes with ‘the scribes and the pharisees’, unmentioned in John but common in the other Gospels; it entirely interrupts the flow of the text, which seamlessly flows around it, and it is missing from almost all the earliest manuscripts.