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Bible, 17: Diatessaron/Syriac
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The so-called Diatessaron receives its familiar title from a reference in Eusebius of Caesarea’s Ecclesiastical History, where it is said that “Tatian composed – I do not know how – a combination and compilation from the Gospels, and named it the Dia Tessarōn, which is still extant among some” (Eus. Hist. eccl. 4.29.6). Eusebius applies the same expression to Ammonius’ four-gospel synopsis in the letter to Carpianus that prefaces the canon tables incorporated in his edition of the Gospels. In itself, dia tessar…

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Watson, Francis, “Bible, 17: Diatessaron/Syriac”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 16 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_COM_036542>
First published online: 2019



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