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Matthew and Money
There are two extreme schools of thought as to the means by which the books of the Bible were composed. The one, which we might call the “dictation” school, implies that the authors were really no more than “secretaries” who wrote down, word for word, what God spoke to them. The other extreme declares that the authors compiled and arranged and edited various materials, part written and part oral, from many older sources. Since these sources were not necessarily “inspired” in any regular sense of the word, and since the compiler was at liberty to “pick and choose”, therefore the final result could scarcely be considered the infallible “word of God”. An “advancement” (?) upon this second school of thought is that the gospels, for example, did not take their final forms until some time in the second century, after later disciples “tinkered around” with their predecessors’ stories.
A Hebrew Gospel Of Matthew
No early Hebrew translations of the New Testament are known. If such manuscripts did exist, we would have tremendous enlightenment regarding the name of God in New Testament times. Although no such manuscripts exist, writings of early church fathers indicate that the Gospel of Matthew was originally written in Hebrew.¹
Matthew, The Gospel of
(εὐαγγέλιον κατὰ Μαθθαῖον, euaggélion katá Maththaíon (or Ματθαῖον, Matthaíon)):
The Gospel of St. Matthew - Chapter 1
Matthew (The Lindisfarne Gospels, 7th c. illumination)
Gospel of Matthew
The Gospel According to Matthew (Greek: Τὸ κατὰ Ματθαῖον εὐαγγέλιον, translit. To kata Matthaion euangélion; also called the Gospel of Matthew or simply Matthew) is the first book of the New Testament. The narrative tells how the Messiah, Jesus, rejected by Israel, finally sends the disciples to preach the gospel to the whole world.