p. 49 Section IV.
 305 And this is the witness of John when the Jews sent to him from Jerusalem priests  and Levites to ask him, Who art thou? 306 And he acknowledged, and denied not;  and he confessed that he was not the Messiah. 307 And they asked him again, What then? Art thou Elijah? And he said, I am not he. Art thou a prophet? He  said, No. 308 They said unto him, Then who art thou? that we may answer them that  sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 309 And he said, I am the voice that crieth in  the desert, Repair ye the way of the Lord, as said Isaiah the prophet. 310 And they  that were sent were from 311 the Pharisees. 312 And they asked him and said unto him, Why baptizest thou now, when thou art not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor a prophet?  313 John answered and said unto them, I baptize with 314 water: among you is standing  one whom ye know not: 315 this is he who I said cometh after me and was before  me, the latchets of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose. 316 And that was in Bethany beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
 317 Now Johns raiment was camels hair, and he was girded with skins, and his food  [Arabic, p. 15] was of locusts and honey of the wilderness. 318 319 Then went out unto him the people of Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region which is about the [14, 15] Jordan; 320 and they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 321 But when he saw many of the Pharisees 322 and Sadducees 323 coming to be baptized, he said unto them, Ye children of vipers, who hath led you to flee from the wrath to come? [16, 17] 324 Do now the fruits which are worthy of repentance; 325 and think and say not within yourselves, We have a father, even Abraham; for I say unto you, that God is able to  raise up of these stones children unto Abraham. 326 Behold, the axe hath been laid at the roots of the trees, and so every tree that beareth not good fruit shall be taken and  cast into the fire. 327 And the multitudes were asking him and saying, What shall we do?  328 He answered and said unto them, He that hath two tunics shall 329 give to him that  hath not; and he that hath food shall 330 do likewise. 331 And the publicans also came  to be baptized, and they said unto him, Teacher, what shall we do? 332 He said unto  them, Seek not more than what ye are commanded to seek. 333 And the servants 334 of the guard asked him and said, And we also, what shall we do? He said unto them, Do not violence to any man, nor wrong him; and let your allowances satisfy you.
 335 And when the people were conjecturing about John, and all of them thinking  in their hearts whether he were haply 336 the Messiah, 337 John answered and said unto them, I baptize you with water; there cometh one after me who is stronger than I, the latchets of whose shoes I am not worthy to loosen; he will baptize you with the  Holy Spirit and fire: 338 who taketh the fan in his hand to cleanse his threshing-floors, [Arabic, p. 16] and the wheat he gathereth into his garners, while the straw he shall burn in fire which can 339 not be put out.
 340 And other things he taught and preached among the people.
 341 Then came Jesus from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized of him.  342 And Jesus was about thirty years old, and it was supposed that he was the son of  Joseph. 343 344 And John saw Jesus coming unto him, and said, This is the Lamb of  God, that taketh on itself the burden of the sins of the world! 345 This is he concerning whom I said, There cometh after me a man who was before me, because he was p. 50  before me. 346 347 And I knew him not; but that he should be made manifest to Israel,  for this cause came I to baptize with water. 348 And John was hindering him and  saying, I have need of being baptized by thee, and comest thou to me? 349 Jesus answered him and said, Suffer this now: thus it is our duty to fulfill all righteousness.  Then he suffered him. 350 And when all the people were baptized, Jesus also  was baptized. 351 And immediately he went up out of the water, and heaven opened  [Arabic, p. 17] to him, 352 353 and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in the similitude of the  body of a dove; 354 and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved  Son, in whom I am well pleased. 355 And John bare witness and said, I beheld the  Spirit descend from heaven like a dove; and it abode upon him. 356 But I knew him not; but he that sent me to baptize with water, he said unto me, Upon whomsoever thou shalt behold the Spirit descending and lighting upon him, the same is he that  baptizeth with the Holy Spirit. 357 And I have seen and borne witness that this is the Son of God.
[42, 43] 358 And Jesus returned from the Jordan, filled with the Holy Spirit. 359 And immediately the Spirit took him out into the wilderness, to be tried of the devil; 360 361 and he  was with the beasts. 362 And he fasted forty days and forty nights. 363 And he ate nothing  in those days, and at the end of them he hungered. 364 And the tempter came and said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, speak, and these stones shall become  bread. 365 He answered and said, It is written, Not by bread alone shall man live, but  by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 366 Then the devil 367 brought  him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 368 and said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written,
 369 Jesus said unto him, And 370 it is written also, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy  God. 371 And the devil 372 took him up to a high mountain, and shewed him all the kingdoms  [Arabic, p. 18] of the earth, and their glory, in the least time; 373 and the devil 374 said unto him, To thee will I give all this dominion, and its glory, which is delivered to  me that I may give it to whomsoever I will. 375 If then thou wilt worship before me, all of it shall be thine.
cf. Peshitta, etc. (not Cur.); cf. also Gildemeister, op. cit., p. 29, on Luke ix. 20.49:305 49:306 49:307 49:308 49:309 49:310 49:311 49:312 49:313 49:314 49:315 49:316 49:317 49:318
On the original Diatessaron reading, honey and milk of the mountains, or, milk and honey of the mountains, which latter Ibn-at-Tayyib cites in his Commentary (folio 44b, 45a) as a reading, but without any allusion to the Diatessaron, see, e.g., now Harris, Fragments of the Com. of Ephr. Syr. upon the Diat. (London, 1895), p. 17 f.49:319 49:320 49:321 49:322 49:323 49:324 49:325 49:326 49:327 49:328 49:329
Grammar requires this rendering, but solecisms in this kind of word are very common, and in this work (e.g., § 48, 21) the jussive particle is sometimes omitted. We should therefore probably render let him give, let him do, etc.49:330
Grammar requires this rendering, but solecisms in this kind of word are very common, and in this work (e.g., § 48, 21) the jussive particle is sometimes omitted. We should therefore probably render let him give, let him do, etc.49:331 49:332 49:333 49:334 49:335
Luke iii. 15.49:336
Our translator constantly uses this Arabic word (which we render haply, or, can it be? or, perhaps, etc.) to represent the Syriac word used in this place. The latter is used in various ways, and need not be interrogative, as our translator renders it (cf. especially § 17, 6).49:337 49:338
Luke iii. 17.49:339 49:340 49:341 49:342 49:343
The Vat. ms. here gives the genealogy (Luke iii. 23-38), of which we shall quote only the last words: the son of Adam; who (was) from God. If this were not the reading of the Peshitta (against Sin.) and Ibn-at-Tayyibs Commentary, one might explain from as a corruption of the Arabic son of, the words being very similar. On the Borg. ms. see § 55, 17, note.49:344 49:345 50:346 50:347 50:348 50:349 50:350 50:351 50:352 50:353 50:354 50:355 50:356 50:357 50:358 50:359 50:360 50:361 50:362 50:363 50:364 50:365 50:366 50:367 50:368 50:369 50:370 50:371 50:372 50:373 50:374 50:375
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