Tatian’s Diatessaron and the Greek Text of the Gospels

Tjitze Baarda

in The Early Text of the New Testament

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199566365
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740985 | DOI:
Tatian’s Diatessaron and the Greek Text of the Gospels

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If we could determine the original Greek text of Tatian’s Diatessaron we would have access to a form of the Greek Gospels that is earlier than our earliest papyri. Determining that text, however, is extremely difficult because most of our sources for the Diatessaron are quite late and are not in Greek. This chapter examines some of the places where a study of the Diatessaronic witnesses is most likely to deliver certainty about a particular reading Tatian found in Greek manuscripts of the Gospels in Rome in the mid-second century. Yet because of the multiple uncertainties that attend the search for Tatian’s Greek text, this study concludes that we should be very cautious in using the name Tatian or Diatessaron in any Greek New Testament apparatus.

Keywords: Tatian; Diatessaron; Gospels; papyri; Tatian’s Greek text; New Testament transmission

Chapter.  7756 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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