About a year and a half ago when I first began writing this blog I posted on the adulterous woman (link here) mentioned in John 8:2-11. The post was inspired by Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum’s study of the Life of Messiah from a Jewish Perspective which I highly recommend. At the time I finished my original post I was at a loss to find bible passages that explicitly support what Dr. Fruchtenbaum called a “true and faithful witness” (sometimes I need things spelled out very clearly for me). That is no longer the case and I would really like to share what I found.
Dr. Fruchtenbaum taught that the key to Christ’s backing the Pharisees down was based on what he called being “true and faithful witness.” The Mosaic Law apparently disqualified witnesses who had committed the same crime that the defendant is accused of from testifying at the trial. If the Pharisees were guilty of adultery then they could not testify against the adulterous woman. In support of this he referenced Deuteronomy chapters 13 and 17. No matter what I did I could not get a clear picture of that rule from those passages. I’m not saying it isn’t there but that I was not capable of understanding the full meaning of those passages. The other day I found a reference to that rule (or a very similar one) at a Jewish website and I was finally able to pull it all together. Hurray! (more…)