Doubting The Gospel Of MatthewBismillah Hir Rehman Ir Raheem
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The Gospel Of Matthew
Just who was the real author of the Gospel of Matthew?
Doubting the Gospel
"As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him." [Matthew 9:9]
The Gospel of Matthew was composed between 70 and 110, with most scholars preferring the period 80-90. The anonymous author was probably a highly educated Jew, intimately familiar with the technical aspects of Jewish law, and the disciple Matthew was probably honored within his circle as the source of much of the tradition.
Matthew may have been influenced by Jewish Christianity, a movement in the first few centuries CE which saw Jesus as the Messiah+, but continued to practice Jewish customs and traditions. The Gospel of the Nazarenes, a Jewish Christian text, possesses similar themes to the Gospel of Matthew. These themes include many Jewish related elements.
In the above verses Matthew 9:9 we see that Matthew wrote about himself? Was the author really Matthew? If so, why did not he wrote
"Jesus saw me sitting at the tex collector's booth and told me to follow him so I stand up and followed"
In the next verses i.e. Matthew 9:10 we read a similar statement
"While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples"
Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house if Matthew wrote about himself here it is more likely to be having dinner at my house.
Thus, such evidence can be found in many places throughout the New Testament. Granted, it may be possible that an author sometimes may write in the third person.