So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?” The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this one.”
So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.”
… Ouch! A bit of religious arrogance on the part of the Priests/Pharisees – they believe they’re the only ones astute/holy enough to grasp the true nature of Jesus’ teaching.
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them,
“Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”
… Yikes! A vieled threat against Nic for daring to question his fellows?
7:53 – Then each went to his own house
… Do you guys have this last line in your versions of John? Apparently there’s some question of the authership of 7:53 – 8:11 (adulterous woman)?
About Nicodemus … I noticed, as I was reading Calvin’s bible commentaary on this section, that he really seemed to dislike Nic … Nicodemus says that Christ ought not to be condemned until he be heard; and the same thing might be said of a robber or an assassin; for it is a well-known and proverbial sentiment, that it is better to acquit the innocent than to condemn the guilty. Besides, in his attempts to release the person of Christ, he leaves and abandons the doctrine. What shall we find here that is worthy of a believer or a Christian?
But the early catholic church beatified him. A non-bible gospel is attributed to him – Acts of Pilate.
St. Nicodemus –