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Why the women caught in adultery isn't found in the Peshitta
Food for critical thoght:

Found in John 8
Quote:The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6hey were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

The argument against this is not found in the accusation, but in the laws of moses itself.

Quote:Leviticus 20:10
'If a man commits adultery with another man's wife-with the wife of his neighbor-both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.

If the women was truely caught in adultery, she and her partner would hae been both brought before Yeshua.

To be completely honest, I am still comtemplating the canonicity of this event. I have heard some possible explainations but nevertheless, all of them take away from the plain reading of the text.
I actually wish that story WAS in the original <!-- sWink --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/wink1.gif" alt="Wink" title="Wink" /><!-- sWink --> Because of my belief that the Mosaic law has gone. But it's not there, because it's not there. Your theory can be explained away by the possibility of the man having been killed already, or let off...
drmlanc: Here's a long term question for you. By what authority (in the OT) does Jesus have in destroying the law? Every other prophet or teacher who did so was stoned to death. So by what authority would Jesus have? And how do you coincide that with Matthew 5:17?
Well it depends on which law you talk about... Jesus at the very least "changed" many of the Mosaic laws, and it seems this law was spoken of as the "pathfinder" that is no longer our guide.

We still have law though. 10 C's, etc and the "4 from Moses" in the early Christian Church, such as no blood etc

But I find it extremely hypocritical for people to say they are pro-Mosaic law, while not killing sinners, wearing tzitzit, and observing the feasts according to the original Hebrew calender. But that's me <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/happy.gif" alt="Big Grin" title="Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

Let us not add to them more than these 4 things...
The Mosaic laws aren't for everyone (meaning not every law applies to men, women, priests, gentiles etc), and not for every time period. When Israel was in exile; for example; they could not run temple services but were still required to hold fast the the laws otherwise.

Salvation isn't dependant on the law, but the law teaches us what sin is. The regulations Jesus "changed" were actually made harder.
"Salvation isn't dependant on the law, but the law teaches us what sin is. The regulations Jesus "changed" were actually made harder."

I agree with that. Bring on the tzitzit and mezuzah!
How about re-interpreting the actual verse referring to the punishment of stoning? Just because Jewish priests say it means this doesn't make it necessarily so. Maybe Christ was trying to clarify an incorrect understanding of such verses by condemning some of the priests.

I have looked long and hard at the words REGEM, MAWT and EBEN [these are the Hebrew words but are probably the same in Aramaic, I guess?] and these can be interpreted differently, no? Any suggestions welcome but I can see broader interpretations of the Torah as beng possible rather than the priesthood's interpretation.
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