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“Eusebius of Caesarea - On Tatian - original Greek Text with English translation”
From Historia Ecclesiastica, 4. 28 - 29. Eusebius on the author of Oratio ad Graecos and the Diatessaron.
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And as for Musanus, whom we have mentioned among the foregoing writers, a certain very elegant discourse is extant, which was written by him against some brethren that had gone over to the heresy of the so-called Encratites, which had recently sprung up, and which introduced a strange and pernicious error. It is said that Tatian was the author of this false doctrine.
He is the one whose words we quoted a little above in regard to that admirable
man, Justin, and whom we stated to have been a disciple of the martyr. Irenæus
declares this in the first book of his work Against Heresies, where he writes as
follows concerning both him and his heresy: “Those who are called Encratites,
and who sprung from Saturninus and Marcion, preached celibacy, setting aside the
original arrangement of God and tacitly censuring him who made male and female
for the propagation of the human race. They introduced also abstinence from the
things called by them animate, thus showing ingratitude to the God who made all
things. And they deny the salvation of the first man. But this has been only
recently discovered by them, a certain Tatian being the first to introduce this
blasphemy. He was a hearer of Justin, and expressed no such opinion while he was
with him, but after the martyrdom of the latter he left the Church, and becoming
exalted with the thought of being a teacher, and puffed up with the idea that he
was superior to others, he established a peculiar type of doctrine of his own,
inventing certain invisible æons like the followers of Valentinus, while, like
Marcion and Saturninus, he pronounced marriage to be corruption and fornication.
His argument against the salvation of Adam, however, he devised for himself.”
Irenæus at that time wrote thus. But a little later a certain man named Severus
put new strength into the aforesaid heresy, and thus brought it about that those
who took their origin from it were called, after him, Severians. They, indeed,
use the Law and Prophets and Gospels, but interpret in their own way the
utterances of the Sacred Scriptures. And they abuse Paul the apostle and reject
his epistles, and do not accept even the Acts of the Apostles. But their
original founder, Tatian, formed a certain combination and collection of the
Gospels, I know not how, to which he gave the title Diatessaron, and which is
still in the hands of some. But they say that he ventured to paraphrase certain
words of the apostle, in order to improve their style. He has left a great many
writings. Of these the one most in use among many persons is his celebrated
Address to the Greeks, which also appears to be the best and most useful of all
his works. In it he deals with the most ancient times, and shows that Moses and
the Hebrew prophets were older than all the celebrated men among the Greeks. So
much in regard to these men.
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