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Just ran across a mention of a text that I was not familiar with called the Diatessaron, which was commented on by Saint Ephrem, deacon, in the Office of Reading for this Sunday.  Seems it was written by an Assyrian called Tatian. It was a compilation of the four Gospels which was read where Christians gathered together, before the separated four gospels were commonly available. I found it already in my library in volume nine of the Ante-Nicene Fathers. Haven't read it as yet, but see that it starts out with the opening of the Gospel of John..."In the beginning was the Word"... It's existence is an interesting comment on the literary history that exists of the Christian faith, even to this very day. cmo

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1 Shawn Bose = "The text of the Diatessaron can be found here.  It is another great example of the myriad of Christian writings and traditions that existed before the heresiologists compiled the canonical gospels.  Many of these writings including the Gnostic Gospels can be found in the Nag Hammadi texts. "