Monday, April 17, 2006

Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew was written well after A.D. 70

A late date for the Gospel of Matthew is poorly justified. The early Church fathers almost unanimously agree that Matthew was written before Mark, and Mark is quite early. Matthew 21:41-45; 22:7; 24:15; and 27:25 are predictive prophecy; predictive prophecy about the destruction of the Jerusalem temple dates back to Old Testament times. Trinitarianism is not a late development; see 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 and 2 Corinthians 13:14, which are dated to the 50s. The Trinity concept is also found in the Old Testament. The Saduccees are prominent in Matthew, indicating a time prior to A.D. 70. Matthew 5:23-24; 12:5-7; 23:16-22; and 26:60-61 indicate that the Jerusalem temple was still standing at the time of Matthew's composition. If Matthew's Gospel were written after A.D. 70, Matthew 17:24-27 would have been meaningless and therefore probably removed. Since Matthew was written before Mark, and Mark was written before A.D. 50 [1], Matthew was written before A.D. 50.