[Synoptic-L] DT and Note-books (was: assumptions about Shem-Tob's Hebrew Mt
From: Dexter Garnier <dgarnier@...>
Subject: Re: [Synoptic-L] assumptions about Shem-Tob's Hebrew Mt
Date: Sunday, February 27, 2000 5:39 PM
It seems to me that when Petersen uses the words: "Latin exemplar which had
been profoundly influenced by a Latin gospel harmony akin to the Latin
Vorlage of the Liège Harmony" he's saying it is some kind of Diatessaronic
witness because that is what the now lost "Latin Vorlage of the Liege
Harmony" is, as determined by Daniel Plooij. Petersen credits Plooij (_A
Primitive Text of the Diatessaron_ Leyden, 1923) and his discovery as
inaugurating "a new era in Diatessaronic studies." (from "Tatian's
Diatessaron" _Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research_ ed. B.
Ehrman, M. Holmes.) Petersen gives an account of Plooij's methodology in
Brill book on the Diatessaron. Briefly, as I understand it, Plooij compared
the Liege Harmony to Codex Fuldensis, a Vulgatized Latin Harmony, and found
that they differed and where they differed, agreements were found between
Liege and the Diatessaron.
Yes, this is what Petersen also said in some other publications of his.
Clearly, Liege is an important Diatessaronic witness. Petersen and many
other scholars also agree that Diatessaron does preserve some important
pre-canonical readings. But why is this so is not entirely clear.
For example, it is possible that DT was based on some canonical texts that
were later altered and/or re-edited. And so in this case DT preserves an
earlier version of the text.
But also it is possible that both DT and the canonical texts depend on a
shared source (or sources). In this case, DT preserves the earlier shape of
that source better than the canonical witnesses.
Many questions still remain also about the genesis, the original language,
and the early history of DT. It is pretty clear that Justin's harmony was a
predecessor of DT, so, in a sense, DT preceded Tatian, and we can speak of
various early recensions of DT.
Perhaps, instead of DT, we should more properly speak of the "Harmonistic
Fifth Gospel" that seems very early, perhaps even earlier than the
Actually, recently I'm beginning to incline towards a version of Brian
Wilson's "Note-book" theory. Indeed, perhaps most of the materials that we
see in our 4 canonicals may have existed in one big early compilation, and
then the evangelists were each borrowing from it. But then this primitive
Note-book was simply the body of liturgical materials in use by early
Church. Where we seem to disagree with Brian is that I see this Note-book
as not being static, but being continuously developed over time.
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