Maps of the Armenian Empire of Tigranes

Adiabene (15–116) within Armenian Empire under the reign of Tigranes the Great

Tatian of Adiabene,[1] or Tatian the Syrian,[2][3][4] Tatian the Assyrian,[5][6][7][8] (/ˈtʃ/; Latin: Tatianus; Ancient Greek: Τατιανός; Syriac:ܛܛܝܢܘܣ ‎; c. 120 – c. 180) was a Syrian Christian writer and theologian of the 2nd century.

Tatian's most influential work is the Diatessaron, a Biblical paraphrase, or "harmony", of the four gospels that became the standard text of the four gospels in the Syriac-speaking churches until the 5th-century, after which it gave way to the four separate gospels in the Peshitta version.[9]


  1. Walters, James E.. "Tatian of Adiabene - Syriaca". Syriac Biographical Dictionary. Vanderbilt University, Princeton University. Retrieved on 30 August 2016. 
  2. Church Fathers: The Other Greek Apologists
  3. Canon and Text of the New Testament
  4. History of the Christian Religion to the Year 200
  5. Ryland, J. E.. "Introductory Note To Tatian the Aramean". 
  6. "Tatian, Address, 42", Ante-Nicene Fathers 2: 81–82, 
  7. "ANF02. Fathers of the Second Century: Hermas, Tatian, Athenagoras, Theophilus, and Clement of Alexandria (Entire)". Christian Classics Ethereal Library. 
  8. The Origins and Emergence of the Church in Edessa during the First Two Centuries A.D. Author(s): L. W. Barnard Source: Vigiliae Christianae, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Sep., 1968), pp. 161-175.
  9. Cross, F. L., ed. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. New York: Oxford University Press. 2005, articles Diatessaron and Peshitta
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.