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 ...


Dr Andrew Davies
Mattersey Hall
Email a.davies at sheffield.ac.uk

-----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
>>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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