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The Diatessaron (Section 54)

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1 And while they talked together, the evening of that day arrived which was the First-day; and the doors were shut where the disciples were, because of the fear of the 2 Jews; Luke 24:36c and Jesus came and stood among them, and said to them, Peace be with you: I am he; fear not. Luke 24:37 But they were agitated, and became afraid, and supposed that they 3 saw a spirit. Luke 24:38 Jesus said to them, Why are you agitated? And why do thoughts rise 4 [Arabic, p. 205] in your hearts? Luke 24:39 See my hands and my feet, that I am he: feel me, and know that a spirit has not flesh and bones, as you see me having that. 5 Luke 24:40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet and his side. 6 Luke 24:41 And they were until this time unbelieving, from their joy and their wonder. He 7 said to them, Have ye anything here to eat? Luke 24:42 And they gave him a portion of broiled fish and of honey. Luke 24:43 And he took it, and ate before them.

8 Luke 24:44 And he said to them, These are the sayings which I spoke unto you, while I was with you, that everything must be fulfilled, which is written in the law of 9 Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me. Luke 24:45 Then opened he their 10 heart, that they might understand the scriptures; and he said to them, Luke 24:46 Thus it is written, and thus it is necessary that the Messiah suffer, and rise from among the 11 dead on the third day; Luke 24:47 and that repentance unto the forgiveness of sins be preached 12 in his name among all the peoples; and the beginning shall be from Jerusalem. Luke 24:48 And 13 you shall be witnesses of that. And I send unto you the promise of my Father. And 14 when the disciples heard that, they were glad. John 20:21 And Jesus said to them again, 15 Peace be with you: as my Father has sent me, I also send you. John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit: 16 John 20:23 and if you forgive sins to any man, they shall be forgiven him; and if you retain them against any man, they shall be retained.

17 John 20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Thama, was not there with the disciples 18 when Jesus came. John 20:25 The disciples therefore said to him, We have seen our Lord. But he said to them, If I do not see in his hands the places of the nails, and put on them my fingers, and pass my hand over his side, I will not believe.

19 John 20:26 And after eight days, on the next First-day, the disciples were assembled again within, and Thomas with them. And Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood 20 [Arabic, p. 206] in the midst, and said to them, Peace be with you. John 20:27 And he said to Thomas, Bring hither your finger, and behold my hands; and bring hither 21 your hand, and spread it on my side: and be not unbelieving, but believing. John 20:28 Thomas 22 answered and said to him, My Lord and my God. John 20:29 Jesus said to him, Now since you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen me, and have believed.

23 John 20:30 And many other signs did Jesus before his disciples, and they are they which 24 are not written in this book: John 20:31 but these that are written also are that you may believe in Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God; and that when you have believed, you may have in his name eternal life.

25 John 21:1 And after that, Jesus showed himself again to his disciples at the sea of Tiberias; 26 and he showed himself unto them thus. John 21:2 And there were together Simon Cephas, and Thomas which was called Twin, and Nathanael who was of Cana of Galilee, 27 and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of the disciples. John 21:3 Simon Cephas said to them, I go to catch fish. They said to him, And we also come with you. And they went forth, and went up into the boat; and in that night they caught nothing. 28 John 21:4 And when the morning arrived, Jesus stood on the shore of the sea: but the disciples 29 knew not that it was Jesus. John 21:5 And Jesus said to them, Children, have ye anything 30 to eat? They said to him, No. John 21:6 He said to them, Cast your net from the right side of the boat, and you shall find. And they threw, and they were not able 31 to draw the net for the abundance of the fish that had come into it. John 21:7 And that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Cephas, This is our Lord. And Simon, when he heard that it was our Lord, took his tunic, and girded it on his waist (for he was 32 naked), and cast himself into the sea to come to Jesus. John 21:8 But some others of the disciples came in the boat (and they were not far from the land, but about two 33 [Arabic, p. 207] hundred cubits), and drew that net of fish. John 21:9 And when they went up on the 34 land, they saw live coals laid, and fish laid thereon, and bread. John 21:10 And Jesus 35 said to them, Bring of this fish which you have now caught. John 21:11 Simon Cephas therefore went up, and dragged the net to the land, full of great fish, a hundred and fifty-three 36 fishes: and with all this weight that net was not rent. John 21:12 And Jesus said to them, Come and sit down. And no man of the disciples dared to ask him who he was, for they knew that it was our Lord. But he did not appear to them in his own 37, 38 form. John 21:13 And Jesus came, and took bread and fish, and gave unto them. John 21:14 This is the third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples, when he had risen from among the dead.

39 John 21:15 And when they had breakfasted, Jesus said to Simon Cephas, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these? He said to him, Yea, my Lord; you 40 know that I love you. John 21:16 Jesus said to him, Feed for me my lambs. He said to him again a second time, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me? He said to him, Yea, my Lord; you know that I love you. He said to him, Feed for 41 me my sheep. John 21:17 He said to him again the third time, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me? And it grieved Cephas that he said to him three times, Do you love me? He said to him, My Lord, you know everything; you know that I 42 love you. John 21:18 Jesus said to him, Feed for me my sheep. Verily, verily, I say unto you, When you were a child, you girded your waist for yourself, and go whither [Arabic, p. 208] you would, but when you shall be old, you shall stretch out your hands, and another shall gird your waist, and take you whither you would not. 43 John 21:19 He said that to him to explain by what death he was to glorify God. And when he 44 had said that, he said to him, Come after me. John 21:20 And Simon Cephas turned, and saw that disciple whom Jesus loved following him; he which at the supper leaned on 45 Jesus' breast, and said, My Lord, who is it that betrays you? John 21:21 When therefore Cephas saw him, he said to Jesus, My Lord, and this man, what shall be in his 46 case? John 21:22 Jesus said to him, If I will that this man remain until I come, what is 47 that to you? Follow me. John 21:23 And this word spread among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: but Jesus said not that he should not die; but, If I will that this man remain until I come, what is that to you?

48 John 21:24 This is the disciple which bore witness of that, and wrote it: and we know that his witness is true.

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Source. Translated by Hope W. Hogg. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 9. Edited by Allan Menzies. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1896.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <>.

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