Dating the gospel of matthew
What clues do we find about the author of the First Gospel from the text?
Like the other three Gospels, the First Gospel is anonymous.
But, what evidence do we find about the author of the first book in the New Testament?
Internal Evidence When we discuss internal evidence, we are speaking of the evidence that we find within the book in question.
First, we find that the author of the First Gospel is thoroughly entrenched in Judaism.
The author often quotes the Hebrew Bible (otherwise known as the Old Testament).
While some will still disagree, it seems strange to me to ascribe the First Gospel to Matthew of all people, especially when the First Gospel was used as a church manual in many cases. Tax-collectors were held in slightly higher esteem than pond scum…but not by much.
In a world where traditional scholarship is often questioned and too often disregarded, several theories exist as to whom the author of the First Gospel may be.