Uncovering the Meanings of Matthew Essay

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Uncovering the Meanings of Matthew (1-14) "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; those who seek find; and to those who knock, the door will be opened.”-Gospel of Matthew 7:7-8 The Gospel of Matthew was positioned at the beginning of the New Testament In the second century A.D. It was believed for many centuries that the gospel of Matthew was the first Gospel, now however; it is known that the Gospel of Mark was written earlier. The Gospel being the most vehemently concerned with matters related to Judaism, provides an appropriate transition from the Old to New Testament in the Christian Bible. The gospel of Matthew became the preeminent of all gospel texts for early Christians as it contains the elements most important to the early church: the story of Jesus’ miraculous birth; an explanation of the importance of Liturgy, Law, and teaching; and an account of Jesus’ horrific death. Due to the extensive detail of Jesus’ life and teachings, the Gospel of Matthew has been considered for centuries as the most important of the four Gospels. Church tradition holds that the author of the Gospel is Matthew, a former tax collector and one of Jesus’ twelve Apostles. However, scholars today maintain that that there is no direct evidence of the Apostle Matthew’s authorship. Due to the fact that the Gospel of Matthew relies heavily on the earlier gospel of Mark, as well as oral tradition for its description of Jesus’ life, it is unlikely that the author was an eyewitness to the life of Jesus Christ. Instead, the author was most likely a learned member of the Jewish community who wrote the Gospel between 80 and 90 A.D. The Gospel of Matthew traces Jesus ‘ancestors back to the biblical patriarch Abraham, the founding father of the Israelite people. Matthew describes Jesus’s

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