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The Diatessaron And The Second-Century Reception Of The Gospel Of John

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This chapter argues that the current scholarly marginalization of the Diatessaron, within the larger discussion of John's reception in the second century, stands in need of revision: contrary to widespread belief, Tatian's harmony can actually tell us quite a bit about the Fourth Gospel and its reception in the pre-Irenaean church. The argument consists of two parts. In the first part the chapter shows that on examining the sequence of the pericopae, it becomes clear that Tatian assigns a rather high value to the Fourth Gospel. In the second part, it argues that on considering the earliest testimony to Tatian's theological shift, it becomes apparent that the Assyrian's high estimation of John cannot be credibly attributed to his change of views.

Keywords: Diatessaron; Fourth Gospel; Irenaeus; John; Tatian



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