Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type



Graduate School of Theology

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Jeff W. Childers

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Curt Niccum

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

James W. Thompson


Although the crucifixion of Jesus is arguably the culminating event of Christianity, the four Gospels curiously do not seem to agree on the date of his death. The issue at stake comes down to the nature of Jesus' Last Supper. Matthew, Mark, and Luke imply that Jesus was crucified after the Passover, thus on Nisan 15. John implies that Jesus was crucified before the Passover, thus on Nisan 14. The purpose of the present thesis is not to solve this calendrical incongruity but rather to explore one second-century author's unconventional solution and propose a special context for its creation. The author is Tatian, and his solution comes in the form of a gospel harmony called the Diatessaron.

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