But is the Diatessaron about Memory or Ease?


The Jesus Blog: So you need a dissertation topic (Installment 3) – The Diatessaron as a Site of Counter-Memory.

That’s some, um, dudes there.

Anyway, Anthony Le Donne has suggested that those interested in social-memory (I am, especially when it comes to Mark. I figured Matthew and Luke (and John) were “remembering Mark. Also, there is no oral tradition after Mark) could focus on a variety of issues dealing with Justin’s star pupil.

I think that harmonization has little to do with memory but a lot to do with the Greco-Roman canon. I’ll need to do more with that, but there it is. Of course, I think Mark’s ending leads to Matthew, and Luke takes his cue for canon from Matthew. And there is John’s ending which by all

Wait. I’ll stop there on that one.

I would like to see how the Diatessaron shaped memory, however.

Umm…. Anyway, take a gander at the post.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

5 thoughts on “But is the Diatessaron about Memory or Ease?

  1. Memory is always reactionary and always serves to determine the limits of identity (collective and otherwise). In this way, “counter-memory” is just a particular kind of memory… although more focused and politically motivated. The very fact that a harmonization interested some within Early Xnty demonstrates something very interesting about Xn identity formation. That many with in Early Xnty preferred a four-fold Gospels tradition tells us something even more interesting about Xn identity formation. Tatian’s work is a textbook example of memory distortion by way of socio-typical categorization.

    …or not; whatever, it’s not my dissertation topic.

    1. Not sure really. I cannot always be held accountable for my titles.

      Memory may have something play, but as to what? Yes, to identity formation. That I can agree with, but Tat. may have been moving to do away with contradictions… making him the first evangelical… which does speak about formation.

Leave a Reply, Please!