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The Old Syriac Gospels: Textual Authority And Hermeneutics

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This appendix focuses on the Old Syriac Gospels (Vetus Syra, OSG, OS) as witness to one of the earliest conscious attempts to cope with the modes of employing biblical materials, characteristic of the writers of the Greek Gospelsincluding the problem of discrepancies. Some observations on textual data are followed by a brief discussion of their possible implications for understanding the cultural context of the Vetus Syra, as well as the possibility that this cultural context engendered certain solutions endemic to a Syriac-speaking Christianity. Many scholars see in the Diatessaron the first Syriac version of the Gospel that was known in Syriac-speaking churches and regard the OSG as a later composition dependent on the Diatessaron. There are also those who advocate the priority of the OSG. The appendix highlights additional relevant aspects, such as the biblical quotations text form and the exegetical strategies employed in the OSG.

Keywords: Diatessaron; Old Syriac Gospels; Syriac-speaking Christianity



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