p. 43 The Text of the Diatessaron.
 75 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God is the [2,3] Word. 76 This was in the beginning with God. 77 Everything was by his hand, and  without him not even one existing thing was made. 78 In him was life, and the life  is the light of men. 79 And the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness apprehended it not.
 80 81 There was in the days of Herod the king a priest whose name was Zacharias, of the family of Abijah; and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name  was Elizabeth. 82 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all his commands,  and in the uprightness of God without reproach. 83 And they had no son, for  Elizabeth was barren, and they had both advanced in age. 84 And while he discharged  [Arabic, p. 2] the duties of priest in the order of his service before God, 85 according to the custom of the priesthood it was his turn to burn incense; so he entered the  temple of the Lord. 86 And the whole gathering of the people were praying without at the  time of the incense. 87 And there appeared unto Zacharias the angel of the Lord, standing  at the right of the altar of incense; 88 and Zacharias was troubled when he saw him,  and fear fell upon him. 89 But the angel said unto him, Be not agitated, 90 Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard, and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt  call his name John; 91 and thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice  at his birth. 92 And he shall be great before the Lord, and shall not drink wine nor strong drink, and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit 93 while he is in his mothers  womb. 94 And he shall turn back many of the children of Israel to the Lord their  God. 95 And he shall go before him in the spirit, and in the power of Elijah the prophet, to turn back the heart of the fathers to the sons, and those that obey not to the knowledge 96 of the righteous; and to prepare for the Lord a perfect people.  97 And Zacharias said unto the angel, How shall I know this, since I am an old man  and my wife is advanced in years? 98 And the angel answered and said unto him, I am Gabriel, that standeth before God; and I was sent to speak unto thee, and give  thee tidings of this. 99 Henceforth thou shalt be speechless, and shalt not be able to speak until the day in which this shall come to pass, because thou didst not trust  this my word, which shall be accomplished in its time. 100 And the people were standing [Arabic, p. 3] awaiting Zacharias, and they were perplexed at his delaying in the temple.  101 And when Zacharias went out, he was not able to speak unto them: so they knew that he had seen in the temple a vision; and he made signs unto them, and  continued dumb. 102 And when the days of his service were completed, he departed to his dwelling.
 103 And after those days Elizabeth his wife conceived; and she hid herself five  months, and said, 104 This hath the Lord done unto me in the days when he looked upon me, to remove my reproach from among men.
 105 And 106 in the sixth month Gabriel the angel was sent from God to Galilee 107 to a  city called Nazareth, 108 to a virgin given in marriage to a man named Joseph, of the  house of David; and the virgins name was Mary. 109 And the angel entered unto her and said unto her, Peace be unto thee, thou who art filled with grace. Our Lord p. 44  is with thee, thou blessed amongst women. 110 And she, when she beheld, was agitated  at his word, and pondered what this salutation could be. 111 And the angel said unto  her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with God. 112 Thou shalt now conceive,  and bear a son, and call his name Jesus. 113 This shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give him the throne of  David his father: and he shall rule over the house of Jacob for ever; 114 and to his  kingdom there shall be no end. 115 Mary said unto the angel, How shall this be to  me when no man hath known me? 116 The angel answered and said unto her, The [Arabic, p. 4] Holy Spirit will come, and the power of the Most High shall rest upon thee, and therefore shall he that is born of thee be pure, and shall be called the Son  of God. 117 And lo, Elizabeth thy kinswoman, she also hath conceived a son in her old  age; and this is the sixth month with her, her that is called barren. 118 For nothing is  difficult for God. 119 Mary said, Lo, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be unto me according unto thy word. And the angel departed from her.
 120 And then Mary arose in those days and went in haste into the hill country, 121 to a 122  city of Judah; 123 and entered into the house of Zacharias, and asked for the health of  Elizabeth. 124 And when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in  her womb. 125 And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit; and cried with a loud voice and said unto Mary, Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the  fruit that is in thy womb. 126 Whence have I this privilege, that the mother of my  Lord should come unto me? 127 When the sound of thy salutation reached my ears,  with great joy rejoiced the babe in my womb. 128 And blessed is she who believed  that what was spoken to her from the Lord would be fulfilled. 129 And Mary said,
 130 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour,
 131 Who hath looked upon the low estate of his handmaiden:
Lo, henceforth, all generations 132 shall pronounce blessing on me.
 135 And his mercy embraceth them who fear him,
 [Arabic, p. 5] 136 He wrought the victory with his arm,
 137 He overthrew them that acted haughtily from their thrones,
 138 He satisfied with good things the hungry,
 139 He helped Israel his servant,
 140 (According as he spake with our fathers)
 141 And Mary abode with Elizabeth about three months, and returned unto her house.
[58, 59] 142 And Elizabeths time of delivery was come; and she brought forth a son. 143 And her neighbours and kinsfolk heard that God had multiplied his mercy towards her;  and they rejoiced with her. 144 And when 145 it was the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child, and called him Zacharias, calling him by the name of his father.  146 And his mother answered and said unto them, Not so; but he shall be called John.  147 And they said unto her, There is no man of thy kindred that is called by this name. [63, 64] 148 And they made signs to his father, saying, How dost thou wish to name him? 149 And he asked for a tablet, and wrote and said, His name is John. And every one wondered.  150 And immediately his mouth was opened, and his tongue, and he spake and  praised God. 151 And fear fell on all their neighbours: and this was spoken of 152 in all p. 45  the mountains of Judah. 153 And all who heard pondered in their hearts and said, What shall this child be? And the hand of the Lord was with him.
 154 And Zacharias his father was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied and said,
 155 Blessed is the Lord, the God of Israel,
 156 And hath raised for us the horn of salvation
 157 (As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets from eternity),
 158 That he might save us from our enemies,
 159 And he hath performed his mercy towards our fathers,
 160 And the oath which he sware unto Abraham our father,
 161 That he would give us deliverance from the hand of our enemies,
And without fear we shall 162 serve before him
 163 All our days with equity and righteousness.
 164 And as for thee, O child, prophet of the Most High shalt thou be called.
 171 To give light to them that sit in darkness and under the shadow of death,
 172 And the child grew and became strong in the spirit, and abode in the desert until the time of his appearing unto the children of Israel.
On the margin of the Vatican ms., fol. 1a, are written by a later hand these words, The first of his Gospel. The first of the Evangel (is) the Gospel of Luke; followed by the text of the first four verses of Luke, and that in turn by the words, Four complete Gospels, Matthew, and Mark, and Luke, and John. See Ciascas Essay, cited above (Introduction, 5), p. 468.43:81 43:82 43:83 43:84 43:85 43:86 43:87 43:88 43:89 43:90 43:91 43:92 43:93 43:94 43:95 43:96 43:97 43:98 43:99 43:100 43:101 43:102 43:103 43:104 43:105 43:106 43:107 43:108 43:109 44:110 44:111 44:112 44:113 44:114 44:115 44:116 44:117 44:118 44:119 44:120 44:121 44:122 44:123 44:124 44:125 44:126 44:127 44:128 44:129 44:130 44:131 44:132 44:133 44:134 44:135 44:136 44:137 44:138 44:139 44:140 44:141 44:142 44:143 44:144 44:145 44:146 44:147 44:148 44:149 44:150 44:151 44:152 45:153 45:154 45:155 45:156 45:157 45:158 45:159 45:160 45:161 45:162 45:163 45:164 45:165 45:166 45:167 45:168 45:169 45:170
So Borg. ms. The Vat. ms. is very indistinct. Lagarde (see Introduction, 13, note), quoting Guidi, prints Whereby there visiteth us the manifestation from on high. The difference in Arabic is in a single stroke.45:171 45:172