John 8 – The Woman Caught in Adultery & Ibn Sina

Finger Pointing UpIt sounds like Ibn Sina (talked about below) knew his medicine and what is said is that saving people’s lives doesn’t necessarily saved their souls, nor his.

It says he had memorized the Koran by the time he was 18, let’s hope he forgot it all before he died because the Koran is evil and the god of that book is Allah = idolatry.

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Here is one of many sayings in the Koran:

“And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah but if they desist then let there be no hostility except against wrong-doers” (Second book .2:193).

This is basically saying fight till the world is Islam and they (the Jews and Muslims) are doing their best at executing all non-believers of Allah.  But they are of the thrifty, instead of wasting money on bullets, they are cutting heads off.

Tomorrow we will look at…

John 8
The Woman Caught in Adultery

1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

2 The Canon of Medicine
The Canon of Medicine is an encyclopedia of medicine in five books compiled by Persian philosopher Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna) and completed in 1025.

It presents a clear and organized summary of all the medical knowledge of the time. It is a “magisterial exposition of Galenic medicine”, although while Avicenna accepted Galen’s evidence on anatomical matters he preferred Aristotle’s theories where they differed from Galen.

It served as a more concise reference in contrast to Galen’s twenty volumes of medical corpus. Originally written in the Arabic language, the book was later translated into a number of other languages, including Persian, Latin, Chinese, Hebrew, German, French, and English with lots of commentaries. The Canon is considered one of the most famous books in the history of medicine.

2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

“A woman taken in adultery” – this sin cannot be committed alone, so the question arises as to why only one offender was brought.  The incident was staged to trap Jesus and provision had been made for the man to escape. 

The woman’s accusers must have been especially eager to humiliate her, since they could have kept her in private custody while they spoke to Jesus.

4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

“Taken…in the very act” – compromising circumstances were not sufficient  evidence, as Jewish law required witnesses who had seen the act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

“Such should be stoned” – they altered the law a little.  The manner of execution was not prescribed unless the woman was a betrothed virgin (Deut 22:-23-24).  And the law required the execution of both parties (Lev 20:10: Deut 22:22), not just the woman.

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

“This they said, tempting him” – the Romans did not allow the Jews to carry out death sentences so if Jesus had said to stone her, He could have been in conflict with the Romans.  If He had said not to stone her, He could have been accused of being unsupportive of the law.

“Wrote” – so what did Jesus write? 

Some believe that He was writing the Pharisees names and possibly their sins. This theory is based primarily on:

“Those who depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters” (Jer 17:13).

In the preceding chapter from John, Jesus spoke of Himself as living water. So perhaps He was fulfilling a prophecy.

Others believe it was to demonstrate, as God the Father did when He carved the Ten Commandments with His finger, that Jesus had the authority to issue two new commandments:

For us to love one another, as He loved us (Jn 13:34), and to bear one another’s burdens, as indicated by Paul in Gal 6:2.

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In an amazing twist, Jesus asks the person who is without sin to cast the first stone. One by one, every one of them drops their stone and leaves, until only the woman was left standing before Jesus.

Sexual intercourse of a married woman with any man other than her husband. The crime can be committed only by and with a married woman; for the unlawful intercourse of a married man with an unmarried woman is not technically Adultery in the Jewish law. Under the Biblical law, the detection of actual sexual intercourse was necessary to establish the crime (Lev. 18:20).

But this rule was so far modified by the Talmudic law (the Jewish evil Bible), that circumstantial evidence was sufficient to justify legal procedure if the wife had been cautioned by her husband against intimate association with the suspected man.

We don’t know for sure what Jesus was writing, nor do we know who saw His message.

It’s possible He’d written only one other word: Forgiven, and that makes the most since to me, but since I’m not God I can’t tell you what He wrote.

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

“Without sin” – note that Jesus didn’t say “without this sin,” but “without [any] sin.” 

If anyone would have thrown a stone then it would have been a lie – see Rom 3:23.

8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

13 The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true.

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Paula Broadwell at the 2011 Senate hearing on David H. Petraeus’s C.I.A. nomination.


Virginia, as in 22 others, adultery remains a criminal act, a vestige of the way American law has anchored legitimate sexual activity within marriage.

In most of those states, including New York, adultery is a misdemeanor. But in others — Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma and Wisconsin — it is a felony, though rarely prosecuted. In the armed forces, it can be punished severely although usually in combination with a greater wrongdoing.

This is yet another example of American exceptionalism: in nearly the entire rest of the industrialized world, adultery is not covered by the criminal code.

Like other state laws related to sex — sodomy, fornication, rape — adultery laws extend back to the Old Testament, onetime capital offenses stemming at least partly from a concern about male property.

14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go.

“Jesus made two points in reply.  First, He was qualified to bear testimony, whereas the Pharisees were not; and He knew both His origin and His destination, whereas they knew neither.

15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

The judgment of the Pharisees was limited and worldly.  In the sense they meant, Jesus made it clear that He did not judge at all.  In the proper sense, of course, He did judge.

16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

8:16-18 – Jesus’ second point was that His testimony was not unsupported.  The Father was with Him, so He and the Father were the two witnesses required by the law (Deut 17:6; 19:15).  And actually there were three witnesses, the Holy Ghost was there too.

17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.

19 Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.

“If ye had known me” – John made it clear that the Word (Jesus) was with God and was God (1:1) and reveals God (1:18).  Jesus here stresses that the Father is known through the Son and that to know the one is to know the other (Jn 10:30).

20 These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple: and no man laid hands on him; for his hour was not yet come.

21 Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.

22 Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

“Of” – here denotes origin.  Jesus was certainly in the world but not of the world.  The Pharisees belonged to this world – Satan’s domain (1 Jn 5:19).

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

“I am” – Jesus echoes God’s great affirmation about Himself , repeating the exact words that God had said to Moses (Ex 3:14).

5 The Mount of Olives
The Mount of Olives (or Mount Olivet) is a mountain in East Jerusalem. It is located to next to the Old City, and is part of the West Bank. It is named for the olive groves that once grew on its slopes. The mountain is important to Jews, Muslims and Christians. There are many churches, and the largest Jewish cemetery in the world is located there. The mountain is 2,654 ft above the sea level.

25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.

26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.

27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father.

28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

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Sunset aerial photograph of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

Note the contrasts: “I…ye”; “My Father…your father.”  Not until later did Jesus say who their father was (v. 44), but it is clear even at this point that it was neither God nor Abraham as they claimed.

39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.

Their deeds revealed their parentage.  Who is your father?

40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

“We be not born of fornication” – Ouch, that is going to hurt on judgment day.  The Pharisees are not only telling a lie about God being their father, but they are calling Mary a whore, Jesus a bastard, and the Holy Ghost a joke. 

In one sentence they have ridiculed the three most people in existence.  Maybe the Pharisees, the Catholics and the devil can be cellmates.

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Mount of Olives
From the Kidron Valley
Separated from the Eastern Hill (the Temple Mount and the City of David) by the Kidron Valley, the Mt. of Olives has always been an important feature in Jerusalem’s landscape. From the 3rd millennium B.C. until the present, this 2900-foot hill has served as one of the main burial grounds for the city. The two-mile long ridge has three summits each of which has a tower built on it.

42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.

43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

“Ye will do” – the Pharisees, the Catholics, the Muslims, the Jews, and the like do exactly what Satan did to Eve (Gen 3:1-5).

45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?

47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

48 Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil?

“A Samaritan” – probably to suggest that He was lax in Jewish observances – “No better than a Samaritan.”  Or it may be a reflection on the birth of Jesus – perhaps claiming that His father was a Samaritan.

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From the Kidron Valley
Separated from the Eastern Hill (the Temple Mount and the City of David) by the Kidron Valley, the Mt. of Olives has always been an important feature in Jerusalem’s landscape. From the 3rd millennium B.C. until the present, this 2900-foot hill has served as one of the main burial grounds for the city. The two-mile long ridge has three summits each of which has a tower built on it.

The Pharisees wasn’t happy with the depth of the whole they had already dug (see v.41), they wanted to dig it a bit deeper.  Not meaning that the Samaritans were bad people, but that the Pharisees continued to deny Jesus and God’s divinity.

49 Jesus answered, I have not a devil; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me.

50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.

51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.

53 Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

“Art thou greater…?” – the question was framed to expect the answer, “No.”  This is ironic, since Jesus was indeed far greater than Abraham, even as He was greater than Moses.

54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:

55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

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Dome of the Ascension
The Church of the Holy Ascension was taken by Saladin in 1187 and converted into a mosque and remains such today. It contains what is traditionally the last footprint of Jesus on earth before he ascended into heaven.

57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

“I am” – notice that Jesus didn’t say that “he was” He said “I am” because He has always been.

59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

Ibn Sina

Persian physician, philosopher, and polymath Ibn Sina, known to the West as Avicenna, was born in 980 near Bukhara in present-day Iran.

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A 19th-century transcription of Ibn Sinas work illustrates astronomical motion.

According to his autobiography, by the age of ten he had memorized the Koran; by the age of 18 he had cured the sultan of Bukhara of a mysterious ailment and was granted access to the sultan’s extensive library.

Ibn Sina went on to write some 240 works on philosophy, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, and other subjects.

Among his most famous texts are The Canon of Medicine and an encyclopedia of science and metaphysics, in which a Neoplatonist philosophy is grounded in the theology of Islam.

Translated into Latin, both his philosophical treatise The Cure and his well-organized medical text The Canon had a long-lasting influence on European scholarship.

Ibn Sina’s personal life was as extravagant as his professional one. Immodest and convivial, he enjoyed wine and women. By some accounts, his death in 1037 was hastened by opium administered by a slave.

…Islamic Banking.

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