A Brief introduction to the Gospel of Matthew

From the second century AD onward, Matthew the tax collector has been identified as the author of this, the first Gospel in our New Testament. As is true with the other three Gospels, it first began to be circulated without an author’s name and so it remains debatable whether or not he was the actual author; that is if you want to debate. Most likely written sometime after 70 AD, there has never been much in the way of debate concerning its veracity or worthiness of being considered divinely inspired, and it usually appeared at the top of any list of writings to be included in Scripture.

This Gospel is uniquely Jewish in its orientation, which is why it was thought to have been written for a primarily Jewish audience. More than any other of the Gospels, Matthew points out all of the things Jesus did to fulfill Old Testament Scripture, yet the records indicate that it was probably the most popular of all New Testament writings as early as the second century. It was most often referred to and most often quoted in the surviving early Christian writings, by both Jewish and Gentile Christians.

 

Don regularly produces great studies. Read the rest of this and follow him at: https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/a-brief-introduction-to-the-gospel-of-matthew/

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