Gospel Question

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader was contemplating a recent gospel reading. The reading was from the Gospel of John. It is the story of the adulterous woman in John 8. In case you have forotten the passage, it reads:

3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court,

4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.

5 “Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?”

6 They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground.

7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court.

10 Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”

11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either Go From now on sin no more.”

Now. Your Maximum Leader doesn’t mean to give the impression that he is not seriously considering the lesson; but…

What do you think Jesus was writing on the ground?

For some reason your Maximum Leader has been stuck wondering what Jesus would be writing on the ground. Your Maximum Leader’s speculation has ranged from the serious (perhaps he was actually writing out the Law in the sand) to the ridiculous (a la Dan Brown “Jesus + Mary Magdelene 4ever”). He will probably lie awake (again) thinking about this tonight.

Carry on.

9 Comments »
Christine said:

Interesting question. People have mused over this for centuries. I found an interesting article here that claims He was writing down the Ten Commandments. Another tradition claims he was writing down the sins of those who desired to stone the adulteress. I don’t have any clue, of course.



Christine said:


I don’t have a clue either, but I look forward to taking a moment to read over your link. Thanks.



He was drawing the Laffer curve. There weren’t any napkins handy.



If only! It would have saved us the time and trouble waiting for the gospel truth of economics to be reveals so many centuries later.



miriam said:

He was playing a game of tic-tac-toe.



mene mene tekel upharsin



Eric said:

… if you find out what he was writing, be sure to let me know….. I’m damned curious about it all now……



I bet the Gnostics had an answer for that question



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