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Phenomenologies of Scripture$
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Adam Y. Wells

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275557

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275557.001.0001

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Phenomenology as Lectio Divina

Phenomenology as Lectio Divina

Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery

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(p.114) Phenomenology as Lectio Divina
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Phenomenologies of Scripture
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Robyn Horner

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275557.003.0006

In this chapter, Robyn Horner offers important methodological reflections on phenomenology while also examining the function of visibility in John 8:2-11. Horner juxtaposes the visibility of the woman with the “invisability” of Jesus. The text obscures Jesus even as it invites us to look at him. Yet, while Jesus is ungraspable, the woman is extremely visible, perhaps too visible. In the course of the narrative, Jesus transforms the woman’s pornographic visibility into a visible mirror of God’s love and mercy.

Keywords:   Biblical interpretation, Gospel of John, phenomenology, visibility, woman caught in adultery

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