Q. I’ve heard discussions where it was stated that the woman caught in the act of adultery in John 8, was most likely dragged there naked. Would that have been likely in 1st century AD? I imagine that modesty would have ruled and at least a sheet placed over her, not necessarily for her sake, but for women and children that may be out and about. Also, I find it interesting that so writings and talks state that this is Mary of Magdalene, when there is no evidence of this in the Bible. But what about the 7 demons. Any ideas on that statement?
A. Jewish culture would not have permitted either a man or a woman to appear naked in public. And remember, it was a group of Pharisees and teachers of the Law who brought her to the Lord. They would not under any circumstances have been in the presence of a naked woman.
You are correct in saying there is no Biblical support for this woman being Mary Magdalene. I don’t understand the automatic connection so many people make between demons and prostitution. Demons were thought to bring on all kinds of disease, so Mary could just have had a serious illness.