FW: JEPD Evidence - Diatessaron

Andrew Davies a.davies at sheffield.ac.uk
Wed Dec 22 04:46:22 EST 1999


I stand corrected on the Diatessaron, apologies.  In that case, I would be
intrigued to see how source critics would divide it up.  My guess is that it
wouldn't be quite on the same lines as the originals ...

Andrwe

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-----Original Message-----
From: 	Stephen C. Carlson [mailto:scarlson at mindspring.com]
Sent:	22 December 1999 02:00
To:	Biblical Hebrew
Subject:	Re: JEPD Evidence - Diatessaron

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:
http://ccel.wheaton.edu/fathers2/ANF-10/anf10-07.htm
Stephen Carlson
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