Understanding the various issues pertaining to the gospel known as Matthew

Issues With Matthew

Matthew has a number of issues that calls its credibility into question. First, the literary structure is summarized in Devised Literary Structure of Matthew. The Gospel of Matthew was written after the Gospel of Mark was written. Matthew is clearly dependent on Mark for much of its content since 95% of the Gospel of Mark is found within Matthew and 53% of the text is verbatim (word-for word) from Mark. The Gospel is attributed to Matthew because of the presumption that some of the unique source material may had come from Matthew (a disciple of Jesus who was previously a tax collector) although most of the source material is from the Gospel of Mark as many see it is an embellishment upon Mark. What is clear is that Matthew is the combination of source materials rather than that of a single disciple or source.

Moreover, Matthew is not structured like a chronological historical narrative. Rather, Matthew has alternating blocks of teaching and blocks of activity. Matthew is an artificial construction embodying a devised literary structure with six major blocks of teaching. 

Matthew has a number of conflations and misquotes of prophecy documented in Prophecy Conflations and Misquotes.

 Embellishments of Matthew are also documented corresponding to historical claims and significant statements that are not attested anywhere else in the New Testament.

Implications of Farrer Theory addresses how the Farrer-Goulder-Goodacre hypothesis is a basis for increase skepticism toward Matthew

 Corrections by Luke over Matthew documents places where Luke makes a correction or clarification to Matthew.

 Contradictions of Matthew are those most blatantly obvious contradictions of Matthew with other Gospels.

 Origin of Matthew  addresses the context and authorship of Matthew.

Evidence that Mathew was composed for Liturgical use is provided in Matthew is a Liturgical Document.

Critical Scholarship of Matthew provides key references of critical scholarship with extensive book excerpts. 

Additionally, evidence is provided against the traditional wording of Matthew 28:19 regarding the baptismal formula indicating it may have been added later

Origin of Matthew

Characteristics of the author and the community through which Matthew originated Read More "Origin of Matthew"

Matthew is a Liturgical Document

Summarizing how Matthew is designed as a liturgical document for liturgical use. Read More "Matthew is a Liturgical Document"

Contradictions of Matthew

Examples of contradictions of Matthew against other gospel accounts are provided Read More "Contradictions of Matthew"

Matthew 28:19

The the trinitarian baptismal formula of Matthew 28:19, “baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of The Holy Spirit” is not likely original to Matthew. Evidence for this is includes quotes from numerous references as well as the citations of Eusebius. Read More "Matthew 28:19"

Embellishments of Matthew

Embellishments of Matthew not attested anywhere else in the New Testament Read More "Embellishments of Matthew"