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[dahy-uh-tes-er-uh n]
  1. a combining of the four Gospels of the Bible (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) into a single narrative.
  2. (in ancient Greek music) the interval of a fourth.
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Related formsdi·a·tes·sar·i·al [dahy-uh-te-sair-ee-uh l] /ˌdaɪ ə tɛˈsɛər i əl/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The 'Diatessaron' has been long lost, and the name is the only clue to its composition.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects

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  • There is a chronological synopsis, but no diatessaron table.

  • Was his Diatessaron such a book, or was it the Gospel according to the Hebrews?

  • Here we get the Diatessaron identified with the widely-spread and popular early Gospel of the Hebrews.

  • There is some slight evidence in favour of the identity of the Diatessaron with the Gospel of the Hebrews.

British Dictionary definitions for diatessaron


  1. music (in classical Greece) the interval of a perfect fourth
  2. a conflation of the four Gospels into a single continuous narrative
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Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin, from Greek dia tessarōn khordōn sumphōnia concord through four notes, from dia through + tessares four
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Word Origin and History for diatessaron


late 14c. as a term in music meaning "interval of a fourth;" 1803 in reference to harmonizings of the gospels, especially that of Tatian (2c.), from Greek dia tessaron, from dia "composed of" (literally "through;" see dia-) + tessaron "four," related to tessares (see four).

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