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The Author of the Arabic Diatessaron

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This chapter deals with the authorship of the Arabic Diatessaron. The first manuscript of the Arabic Diatessaron that became known to the scholarly world, Vat.Arabo 14, usually designated as Ms. A, did not mention the name of the translator. In the second tome of his catalogue, published in 1928, father Paul Sbath made a few observations about a new manuscript of the Arabic Diatessaron. Two other scholars took their starting-point in this newly found Oxford manuscript in trying to solve the difficult question of authorship: P. E. Kahle and A. J. B. Higgins. In conclusion, the data of Sbath 1029 do not necessarily support the distrustful views of Marmardji. The view of father Sbath that the "introduction" of the Coptic author might prove the authorship of Ibn aṭ-Ṭayyib has not been refuted by Marmardji's conclusions.

Keywords: A. J. B. Higgins; Arabic Diatessaron; Ibn aṭ-Ṭayyib; Marmardji; P. E. Kahle; Paul Sbath



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