Harmony of the Gospel

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Judson s | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jan 25 2019 2:05 PM

what is the best module for a harmony of the gospels? 

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Fred Chapman | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 2:46 PM

I guess that depends on your definition of "best". If you're just looking for for a simple Bible Harmony you could start with "A Harmony of the Gospels

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David A Egolf | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 3:26 PM

I like "Jesus Christ - The Greatest Life".  I originally taught a small group through Johnston Cheney's "The Life of Christ in Stereo" in the 1980's.  The text ot this work was combined with another resulting in the resource available via Logos: "Jesus Christ - The Greatest Life".

Cheney's harmony was distinctive due to his methodology.  He went back to the original Greek of the four Gospels, adopted what he considered to be a natural chronology, and employed every Greek verse combining duplicates.  His translation technique is described as dynamic equivalence.

Combining the verses in this way led him to conclude that Jesus had a four year ministry, as explained in a preface.

The harmony is quite readable and cites the original verses from which the translation is drawn.

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Judson s | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 5:58 PM

Thanks. I recently borrowed a friend's book One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus by Macarthur, and I really like it. I just wish it was in a reader's format. 

I was also going to buy the Diatessaron. 

I was actually looking for the physical book The Life of Christ in Stereo. Is that book written in reader's format? 

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Judson s | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 25 2019 5:59 PM

Thanks. I actually have that one. I was looking for a reader's version. 

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 26 2019 10:21 AM

This is a good Harmony of the Gospels: https://www.logos.com/product/35485/harmony-of-the-gospels

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Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 26 2019 11:22 AM

Hi everybody! This is my first post in Logos forums – ever!

Don't know about the best part, but if You want to go to the fountains, then Tatian is definetely the way to go! His is the earliest Gospel Harmony ever written (circa 160-170 A.D.)

His Gospel Harmony, the Diatessaron, is available also in Logos:

https://www.logos.com/product/5771/early-church-fathers-protestant-edition

Or the mere book, without the whole Ante-Nicene Series:

https://www.logos.com/product/25712/ante-nicene-fathers-volume-ix

(The english translation of Schaff comes from the 19th century, so a bit difficult to follow at times).

Tatian was an early Christian Assyrian apologist. He seems not to have been driven by an aim to confirm the four independent canonical gospel accounts the way the largest part of the following Gospel harmonists did, He also doesn’t seem to demonstrate that existing as such they could be separately presented without discrepancies or mistakes.

That being said, Tatian’s is the earliest of Gospel Harmonies. After all, the first is always the first!

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Steve Maling | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 26 2019 12:01 PM

Welcome to the Fora!

And thank you for reminding us of Tatian.

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Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 26 2019 12:41 PM

Thank you!

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David A Egolf | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 27 2019 8:19 AM

Judson s:

I was actually looking for the physical book The Life of Christ in Stereo. Is that book written in reader's format? 

They are published in reader's format in paperback.  It reads like one large Gospel.  I have several copies.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 27 2019 8:40 AM

Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari:

Hi everybody! This is my first post in Logos forums – ever!

Don't know about the best part, but if You want to go to the fountains, then Tatian is definetely the way to go! His is the earliest Gospel Harmony ever written (circa 160-170 A.D.) ...

Well, now, Mr Ylisuutari (smiling). Are you questioning Justin and his use of a 3-way harmony?  Plus, Tatian is much like the apostolic fathers ... almost a thousand years old, only pieces, edited, and at best latin and arabic. At least he seems to have used the (OT) Peshita.

The Logos version is far superior, using unknown-source greek manuscripts and presented in a much later language from tribes surrounding the isles of the north.


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Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 27 2019 9:15 AM

Hi, Denise!

Thank you for the qualification!

In my understanding Tatian utilized precisely the Gospel Harmony of Justin (or his school)? Tatian adds the Gospel of John, which Justin seems to be unaware of..?

Please correct me if I’m wrong. (Just a novice as to patristics…)

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Jan 27 2019 9:19 AM

Olli-Pekka Ylisuutari:

Hi, Denise!

Thank you for the qualification!

In my understanding Tatian utilized precisely the Gospel Harmony of Justin (or his school)? Tatian adds the Gospel of John, which Justin seems to be unaware of..?

Please correct me if I’m wrong. (Just a novice as to patristics…)

Your point is a good one. And your enthusiasm is even better. Very refreshing!


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