John 7:53-8:29

  1. For the passage 7:53 – 8:11, see Introduction. It has perhaps been introduced here as an illustration of 8:15. What two different types of sinner can you see in the Pharisees and in the woman?
    Why did Jesus treat her so gently?
    Would his words to her bring conviction of her sin?
  2. In verses 13-29 what does Jesus say about his origin, his ultimate destination, his relation to the world, his relation to God?
  3. What was lacking in the Pharisees that prevented them from recognizing the truth of Jesus’ words? How can I see the light of truth?
    How does light lead to life?
    See verses 12, 24.


  1. 8:12. An allusion to the pillar of fire that guided the Israelites on their journey through the wilderness (see Num. 9:15-23), and which was commemorated during the Feast of Tabernacles by brilliant lightening of the temple.
  2. Verses 13, 14. There is no contradiction with 5:31.
    There Jesus says that if he had been the sole witness in his own cause, his witness would not have been true.
    But in both passages he goes on to point out that he is not alone in his witness. See verses 17, 18.