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(διατεσσάρων: “through [the] four [Gospels]”) is the name of a harmony of the Gospels composed c. 172 ce by Tatian “the Assyrian.” It excised duplications, reconciled contradictions, and combined the four Gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke, John) into a single account. It may be a revised, expanded version of an older harmony of the three synoptic Gospels used by Justin, Tatian's teacher. The Diatessaron is important for preserving very ancient Gospel readings, including the light in the Jordan at Jesus' baptism. Whether such variants were part …

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Petersen, William L., “Diatessaron”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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