Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Secret Mark and the Diatessaron

And when Jesus went out from Jericho, himself and his disciples, a great multitude followed him, and a blind man was sitting by the wayside begging ... [Arabic Diatessaron 31. 25, 26]
As Hill notes the order of Luke is broken in this section and the narrative framework is developed from Mark - "Placed after leaving Zacchaeus's house in accordance with S. Mark's account, from which the words “went out” are taken" (the Earliest Life of Christ p. 127)  Compare the second addition mentioned by Clement to Secret Mark:

And after the words, "And he comes into Jericho," the secret Gospel adds only, "And the sister of the youth whom Jesus loved and his mother and Salome were there, and Jesus did not receive them." But the many other things about which you wrote both seem to be, and are, falsifications.

Did the Zacchaeus narrative immediately follow? Cleemnt in Quis Dives Salvetur implicitly suggests this as the Question of the Rich Man is 'explained' by Zacchaeus.

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