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To Cast the First Stone

The Transmission of a Gospel Story

Jennifer Knust Tommy Wasserman

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Princeton University Pres
14 January 2020
The story of the woman taken in adultery features a dramatic confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees over whether the adulteress should be stoned as the law commands. In response, Jesus famously states, Let him who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. To Cast the First Stone traces the history of this provocative story from
By:   Jennifer Knust, Tommy Wasserman
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780691203126
ISBN 10:   0691203121
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   14 January 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jennifer Knust is associate professor of New Testament and Christian origins at Boston University. Her books include Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire. Tommy Wasserman is professor of Biblical studies at Ansgar Teologiske Hogskole in Norway. His books include The Epistle of Jude: Its Text and Transmission.

Reviews for To Cast the First Stone: The Transmission of a Gospel Story

This valuable and delightful book leaves no stone unturned in tracing the fascinating reception history of the biblical story of Jesus's encounter with the adulterous woman. Deeply scholarly and wonderfully accessible, To Cast the First Stone will prove relevant for many discussions on the early church. --AnneMarie Luijendijk, Princeton University Knust and Wasserman use the story of the adulteress to illustrate the fascinating transmission history of gospel literature and the various personalities and forces that contributed to the process. To Cast the First Stone will undoubtedly become the standard book on this story. --Chris Keith, author of The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus Knust and Wasserman show how the story of Jesus and the woman taken in adultery came to be popular in spite of its dubious origin. Compelling and masterfully researched, To Cast the First Stone is an important book. --Kim Haines-Eitzen, author of The Gendered Palimpsest: Women, Writing, and Representation in Early Christianity Brilliantly conceived, massively researched, and convincingly argued, Knust and Wasserman's wide-ranging analysis of the pericope adulterae is a milestone in the field of textual studies, destined to be the definitive account for a generation. --Bart D. Ehrman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


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