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Arabic and Latin Diatessaron electronic texts(pdf)

Posted by: Sepehr Mohamadi in: ● March 18, 2009

Diatessaron is a name for Jesus Christ Gospel according to Tatian the Syrian.

It’s original Syrian title is unknown but later it is called “ܐܘܢܓܠܝܘܢ ܕܡܚܠܛܐ”, or “اونجلیون دمحلطا” means “Gospel of the mixed” ,in opposition to “ܐܘܢܓܠܝܘܢ ܕܡܦܪܫܐ”, or “اونجلیون دمفرشا” means “Gospel of the separated”

Diatessaron is the oldest (Syrian) gospel ever known. Unfortunately the Syriac text of Diatessaron missed and we have just some quotations from it.

Diatessaron had been translated by Abul Faraj ibn Tayyeb from Syrian to Arabic in 11th century that survived for us.

The source for most published English translations are this Arabic translation.

A Persian translation from Syrian also exist.

Fortunately I have received an old version of the Arabic and Latin book published at 1888 in Rome.

This book published at Rome in 1888, in a volume entitled in Arabic Diatessaron, which Titianus Compiled from the Four Gospels,(دیاطاسارون الذی جمعه طظیانوس من المبشرین الاربعه) with the alternative Latin title, Tatiani Evangeliorum Harmonicae, Arabice. The Roman volume consists of two parts-the text, covering a little over 209 very clearly printed Arabic pages, and a Latin half, comprising a scholarly introduction (pp. v.-xv.), a Latin translation (pp. 1-99), and a table showing the order in which the passages taken from the gospels occur in the text. The editor is P. Augustinus Ciasca, a well known Orientalist, “scriptor” at the Vatican Library.

For use of other researcher, here I’m publishing an electronic copy of this book that Published in Rome.

According to different page orders in Arabic and Latin parts of this book, I have divided the book into two parts: The Arabic Part and The Latin Part.

To Download Arabic Part of Diatessaron Click here. (About 37Meg pdf file)

To Download Latin Part of Diatessaron Click here. (About 25Meg pdf file)

(This book is in the Public Domain in United States because it is published before 1923 outside US.)

For more information about Diatessaron, it’s origins and different versions, please see the following sites:

http://www.hurqalya.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/BIBLIOGRAPHY-HYP/bibles.%20or/ARABIC%20DIATESSARON.htm

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/info/diatessaron.html

I hope that, these help!

Sepehr Mohamadi

16 Comments to "Arabic and Latin Diatessaron electronic texts(pdf)"

1 | Louis McMahon

12 May 2010 9:36 am

Is there an English translation in phf format?

2 | Sepehr Mohamadi

23 October 2010 11:40 pm

Yes Louis,

There is an Englsih translation from Arabic here:
http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/diatessaron.html

3 | Sate3

10 December 2010 7:54 pm

You do mean it was translated from ‘Syriac’ and not ‘Syrian’, right?

4 | Sepehr Mohamadi

19 December 2010 11:10 pm

Sorry! But No!

5 | Grace

11 April 2011 10:23 am

What a blessing! God bless you, Sir, for making these texts available!

6 | Robert Hampson

20 October 2011 3:00 pm

I am very grateful too to have the Arabic version and so easily readable. It is a wonderful privilege.

Robert Hampson

7 | Serious Bible Student

15 August 2012 9:08 pm

Shalom to you Mr Mohamadi, this website has been a blessing for me. The English translation (I don’ know Arabic) is a tremendous view into the ancient account. Halleluyah!

8 | Sepehr Mohamadi

16 August 2012 8:44 am

Shalom to you Serious Bible Student! And it’s my pleasure that you had blessing by this website! Halleluyah!

9 | David

24 September 2012 8:55 pm

Hello Sepehr, Where is Tayyeb’s original Arabic translation?

The original Arabic MS: ” the Cod. Vat. Arab. No. 14 ”

this will be pure, the syriac is lost, they say, but the Arabic original is out there somewhere.

If we can find this, we can find the syriac

10 | David

25 September 2012 11:59 pm

where did you find this Arabic version?
I cant find it anywhere else on the web.

i want to date it.

many thanks

11 | Sepehr Mohamadi

26 September 2012 8:58 am

Dear David,

As I know Arabic Diatessaron have the following Manuscripts:

Rome Vatican Arab 14 XII/XIII.
Rome Vatican Arab Borg. arab. 250 XIV
Cairo Coptic Patriarchate Ms. 67.
Oxford Bodleian Arab e 163 1806
Aleppo Paul Sbath No. 1020 1791
Beirut Jesuit Library No. 429 1332

I have mentioned in a website here:

http://diatessaron.ir/wiki/Diatessaron_Manuscripts

But I ‘m not sure what you mean if we can find codex, we can find the Syriac? Another way to have some clue to Syriac Diatessaron is “Diatessaron Reconstruction” from commentaries made on it. that some people decided for it.

By the way I’m almost sure, that there exist some copies of it in the world! Just we should seek for it! And we will find!

12 | Sepehr Mohamadi

26 September 2012 9:05 am

Dear David,

I have scanned it myself!
I have it’s original printed version that printed in Rome in 1888.
You can date the day I have published it here as an electronic copy.

Regards,
Sepehr Mohamadi

13 | waleed saleh

30 January 2013 7:01 pm

Greetings Mr. Mohamadi ..

Thank you for making this document available. However I have couple of questions, and I would be so thankful if you can give clue to any or both of them:

1. Is there anywhere one can find the “Arabic Gospel” of infancy — in Arabic ?

2.What was that Gospel name in Arabic as known to Arabs? Was it called [[ Injil ]]? what was the gospels called in Arabic before Islam? Injil ?

Thousand thanks.

14 | David

22 April 2013 9:48 pm

Hi Sepehr,

your scanned Diatessaron is: Rome Vatican Arab Borg. arab. 250 XIV

Thank you for publishing it.

I am looking for: Rome Vatican Arab 14 XII/XIII.

15 | Sepehr Mohamadi

19 May 2013 6:48 pm

me too!
Please Let me know if you found it.

16 | Sepehr Mohamadi

19 May 2013 6:54 pm

Dear Mr. Saleh,

I have no Idea about your questions, But just because of the word Injil I should say that the book that Arabs in prophet Muhamad time know as Injil, I think that should refer to Diatessaron, Because Diatessaron on aramic called “ܐܘܢܓܠܝܘܢ ܕܡܚܠܛܐ” or simply “Evangelion” and it should translated to arabic as “Injil”

I hope that it helps.

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