Dating of new testament
Though Tatian closely followed the wording of the Gospels, he put the verses in a different sequence.
The Diatessaron was used as the standard Gospel text in the liturgy of the Syrian Church for two centuries.
This is where we are grateful for the discipline of textual criticism.
Interestingly, it is one of the earliest books to incorporate significant decoration to mark major divisions in the text.
Per the British Library website, “The beginning lines of each book are written in red ink and sections within the book are marked by a larger letter set into the margin.
It has significance as an early manuscript because the remaining copies bear witness to the earlier Gospels.
These third century papyrus codices were purchased by British mining engineer A.
“P66,” dating from AD 200 or earlier, contains most of John’s gospel.