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Stoned Obituary An Analysis of The Story of the Adulterous Woman Look which of you that never sin wrought But is of life cleaner than she Cast at her stones and spare her not Clean out of sin if that ye be N-Town Woman Taken In Adultery Medieval Drama Bevington David Houghton Mifflin 1975 Who among us has never sinned And in our place as fellow victims of our own all too human nature have we any right to pass judgement on those who do the same as we do if with less discretion If so this begs the question of whether morality lies in following the social mores or if it is all in hiding from the public eye how often you dont follow them It seems that Jesus or at least Johns version1 of Jesus and later the playwright of the N-Town Cycle following in his footsteps believed that the appearance of a moral life is worthless without the genuine article to buttress it It sounds like a solid principle and one that could be applied even today but despite the similarities in the texts did the mediaeval context provide less charitable messages along with the storys original intended moral And for that matter is there more than first appears to that original moral Among the gospels only John makes mention of the Adulterous Woman which brings to question the probability of the actual occurrence However the differences between John and the Synoptic gospels Matthew Mark and Luke have led many scholars to believe that John may have been written to supplement the material found in the other three gospels It is believed that the Gospel of John was written later than the Synoptic gospels but the debate still stands as to how much later estimates range from
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