Thanks for the further illumination. I had heard that about the “He who is without sin cast the first stone” passage not appearing in early manuscripts and one can only imagine, even beyond what you’ve laid out here, how often other words or meanings were skewed to suit those in power at the time.
I’ve heard a popular “traditionalist” psychologist talking about how (socially) enforced monogamy is needed to keep the peace. But he completely fails to recognize that this is only within an extremely patriarchal hierarchy that this might hold any water at all. Several current societies exist where there is either no institutional marriage or people have multiple partners and they seem to do just fine. These are all matriarchal or matrilineal societies and tend to have a more egalitarian outlook in general.
Just curious if you’ve ever read any Bart Ehrman? He started out as a very fundamentalist Christian and then when he went to divinity school and learned to read original texts in Aramaic and Greek, changed his entire tune. I think at this point he’s an atheist, but still teaches religion at UNC Chapel Hill.