Those who do not write

A curious parallel: Jesus, like Socrates, never writes. But, in both cases (if memory serves), there is a single exception to this rule:

(i) Jesus writes in the dust in defence of a woman whom he refuses to condemn (the pericope de adultera at John 8.2-11);

(ii) Socrates traces geometric figures in the dirt on behalf of a slave-boy who (per Socrates) has an immortal soul (Meno 84c-85d).

pericope de adultera

Pieter van Lint (d. 1690), Christ and the Adulterous Woman

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