Here is more commentary on this Gospel scene by Fr. Jack Mahoney SJ
Monday, 11 April 2011
The woman caught in the act of adultery
Who was the woman caught in the act of commiting adultery? The cinema has often identified her as Mary Magdalene, but there is no evidence in Holy Scripture that this is true. In St. John's Gospel, Mary is a very important person; she is the first witness (allowing for the possibility of Our Lady) of the resurrection, and Jesus calls her by name (John 20). It could be argued that in adressing this adulteress as "woman" he was also saying something important about her - and he was, but she is not identified as the Magdalene. If this had been His first meeting with her the evangelist would surely have given her name. Below is short video of the evangelical author Lee Strobel making the point eloquently.