While reading St. John’s Gospel Chapter 8 & 10 (See below) it struck me that Jesus was “in the temple” when all this “Stoning” was brought up.
From what I can research the floors of the temple were “paved” or “finished”. Where would have the “stones” come from other than they “brought them with them” ? Certainly the magnificent Portico of Solomon ( bible-history.com/jerusalem/firstcenturyjerusalem_royal_porticoes.html ) would not have been littered with stones would it?..Thoughts??
John 8:2-4,7 (RSV)
2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery.
7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
John 8:59 (RSV)
59 So they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple.
John 10:23,31 (RSV)
23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.
31 The Jews took up stones again to stone him.