JEPD Evidence - Diatessaron

Stephen C. Carlson scarlson at
Tue Dec 21 20:59:41 EST 1999

At 04:31 PM 12/21/99 -0000, Andrew Davies wrote:
>>Tatian's Diatesseron is a document known to be composed of the four gospels.
>>If the only gospel that survived was the Diatesseron, would scholars be
>>wrong to subdivide it into four sources?
>No, but then this is an entirely different circumstance.  Aren't the four
>traditions separated already clearly in the text?  I thought they were in
>columns, but then I might be thinking of the hexapla. There is a big
>difference between this and postulating a number of hypothetical sources
>which no one can be sure existed (and no one agrees upon the extent,
>definition, context and characteristics of).

I believe you are thinking of the Hexapla.  If you want to read an on-line
version of the Diatessaron (apparently a translation of the Arabic version),
please visit:

Stephen Carlson
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