I read on another thread that theologians and historians dispute the authorship of especially the following books of the New Testament:
*]St John vs. Revelation
*]Romans vs. Hebrews
I was rather astonished to find the first three Gospels among them, although I was aware there were disputes about John and Revelation (John the Divine), and Hebrews (St Paul?). I’d find it quite worrying if Matthew and John weren’t actually written by the Apostles.
Can someone bring me up to date what the state of research is on this? Is there any Magisterial pronouncement on who the authors were of any of these books? What’s your position on the authorship? Can you recommend resources that might be of help? I do have Pope Emeritus Benedict’s trilogy “Jesus of Nazareth”, but I haven’t got around to reading the books yet. Perhaps he addresses this in some way?
The minister at my former Anglican church once said “Oh, you’ll be really surprised what you’ll learn when you study theology: The authors we attribute to the Gospels were invented. No one knows who wrote them.” I didn’t really take much note of this statement, since I confused it with the Q theory.