DECEMBER 27th, 2017



in the historical life of Jesus: THE ADULTEROUS WOMAN

(from a sampling of seven coming your way by the New Year;

based on just published “The Matthias Scroll–Select Second Edition”)

The fourth never-before-known biographical “fact” relates to the famed scene (John 8:1-8:11) which depicts Pietists bringing a woman before Jesus to see whether he would condemn her to death, since she was caught in the act of committing adultery. Of  textual interest is Jesus taking inordinate time to make a decision. His formulation, “Let anyone among you be the first to throw a stone…” is not a rule he applies to the situation. Instead, he is perplexed. Time passes. Finally, he looks up. And, only with apparent effort does he manage to say he doesn’t condemn her.

Why? The “Adulterous Woman” brought before Jesus for judgment occurs in an apparent vision. It was his mother.

This altogether startling recovery,  emerging from the Matthias scroll is the only one inferred from circumstance. All the others are supported by multiple-sourced textual evidence. To those traditional Christians offended by the very suggestion the famed scene was about Jesus and his own mother, I admit came also to me as a shock. My reaction, initially was probably no different: Where’s the evidence!

The timeline is unambiguous:

Several days before the Wedding at Cana, during the Rosh ha-shannah New Year service, Jesus had become angry with his mother when she and several of Joseph’s sons tried to extricate him from a small crowd outside the synagogue seeking his healing.

Still, he and the disciples went to Cana. There, he again drew attention to himself by mixing wine with water (see #3), and Mary warned him his antics would prevent his getting married. This much is supported directly by critical analysis of the Matthias text. The abrupt change in his demeanor toward those he had his whole life thought to be his brothers (textually supported), and the departure of his disciples as well as the sarcasm of his family that he should “go to Jerusalem and show (everybody) his ‘miracles’ so as not to keep them a secret” paint the picture of Jesus faced with the truth for the first time: His mother’s warning he would not be able to get married had a devastating implication: If an individual had been raised (as Jesus was from the age of twelve) by a single mother, and then acted “crazy” it meant he was born without a known father (see #3, above).

Thus Jesus learned during the wedding at Cana he had no known father (meaning his mother had committed adultery.) If the surmise is correct and he was truly devastated, his emotional turbulence, reflected in John 8:1-8:11 where he must judge a woman actually caught in the act of adultery would not have subsided after that vision. In fact, he would have wondered about his very spiritual core, whether the inner voice guiding him had been from the holy spirit or from a paternal defilement, perhaps foreign, even satanic and certainly adulterous…

Without advancing to the fifth never-before-known biographical episode in Jesus’ life until tomorrow (December 28th 2017), let it be understood his preoccupation with his defiled lineage and his mother’s adultery become a critical turning point in his remaining months. (The fifth episode is referenced here because it is highly supportive of “the Adulterous woman” emotional turbulence. Matthias’ text bears witness to a near cataclysm as Jesus made the Day of Atonement/Feast of Booths pilgrimage  to Jerusalem alone.

(Further details: “A Documented Biography of Jesus Before Christianity”