Zacchaeus and the Unripe Figs: A New Argument for the Original Language of Tatian's Diatessaron

Journal Article

Did Tatian write his gospel in Greek or Syriac? Treatments of this most beleaguered crux in Diatessaronic studies have largely depended on a now defunct approach to the source material. The ‘New Perspective’ on Tatian's Diatessaron wants for a new study of this old question. A problematic arrangement of textual data at Luke 19.4 offers unrecognised evidence that Tatian composed in Greek – namely, contradictory testimonia to the Syriac word for Zacchaeus’ ‘sycamore’ in Tatian's gospel reflect different etymological translations of a distinctive, Greek textual variant.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mills, IN

Published Date

  • April 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 208 - 227

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-8145

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-6885

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0028688519000389


  • en