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Gospel of Matthew

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forgot cats, just noticed there was already an article about the lindisfarne gospels with the same pic
[[Image:Lisdisfarnematthew.jpg|right|thumb|The opening page of the Gospel of Matthew from the eighth-century [[LindisfarneGospels]] illuminated manuscripts.]]The '''Gospel of Matthew''' (literally, "according to Matthew"; Greek, Κατά Μαθθαίον or Κατά Ματθαίον) is the first [[Gospels|Gospel]] in the [[New Testament]]. Traditionally, it was written by the [[Apostle Matthew]], a former tax-collector who became one of the twelve [[apostles]] who witnessed the earthly ministry, [[crucifixion]], and [[Resurrection]] of our Lord [[Jesus Christ]].
==Authorship and writing of the Gospel==
According to Tradition, after [[Pentecost]] St. Matthew preached the [[gospel|Good News]] of the Lord's Resurrection throughtout Palestine. Then, "at the request of the Jewish converts at Jerusalem, the holy Apostle Matthew wrote his Gospel describing the earthly life of the Savior before leaving to preach the Gospel in faraway lands." {{ref|2}} He then left to preach his Gospel in Syria, Media, Persia, Parthia, before being martyred in Ethiopia.
Because it was first recorded in Palestine, there is some speculation and evidence that Matthew's Gospel was originally written in Aramaic, though the earliest surviving version now in existence is in Greek. According to [[OCA]], "many of the linguistic and cultural-historical peculiarities of the Greek translation give indications of it [the Gospel's original Aramaic form].". It was probably written somewhere from AD 60-65, though more liberal scholars put the date at 80-100.
*[ text of the Gospel in numerous different translations]
*[ Catholic Encyclopedia article]
[[Category:New Testament]]

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