To Non-Catholics: The Book of Matthew

Who wrote the Book of Matthew and how do you know? Of course, it is Sacred Scripture, and inspired by God, but who put pen to paper?

[quote=Andrew Larkoski]Who wrote the Book of Matthew and how do you know? Of course, it is Sacred Scripture, and inspired by God, but who put pen to paper?
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Most Protestants know because other people told them. I am one of those Protestants. Why is it important to know who wrote Matthew?

~Matt

[quote=Andrew Larkoski]Who wrote the Book of Matthew and how do you know? Of course, it is Sacred Scripture, and inspired by God, but who put pen to paper?
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It is traditionally associated with matthew (hence the name of the book). There may be other evidences but I have no idea what they are.

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Matthew, who was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus (see Matthew, chapter 9), is the author of the book that bears his name.

Evidence that supports this includes:

  • The book is written by someone with extensive knowledge of Jewish customs & religion in the 1st century AD.

  • The book does not mention the destruction of Jerusalem which occurred in 70 AD.

  • Ignatius of Rome, who died in 110 AD, quoted from Matthew’s gospel, as well as from John, Acts, Romans, 1 Peter, & other New Testament books.

  • Irenaeus, another 1st century church father, also quoted from Matthew’s gospel.

This evidence is worth showing to a skeptic who believes that Jesus never claimed to be God or to die for our sins. For Matthew quotes Jesus as saying that he would return to judge the world (Matthew, chapter 24) & he also quotes Jesus as predicting the reason for his death & resurrection:

“… the Son of Man [Jesus] did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28).

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