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Gospel of Matthew In this Gospel Matthew talks about the genealogy birth and the early life of Jesus Christ the discourses and actions of John preparatory to Christs public ministry the discourses actions suffering death and resurrection of Jesus Christ This book is evidently written for Jews to show that Jesus is the promised Messiah Moreover it contains more than sixty-two references to the Old Testament which has more allusions than the other Gospels Author Matthew was the author of this book who was a tax collector and one of the disciples of Apostle As a tax collector he was expected to be able to write in a form of shorthand which meant he could record someones words as they spoke This ability means the words he wrote are inspired by God and also represent the words of Jesus When he wrote this book it was based his own plans and aims and from his personal point of view Date of Writing Many estimates have placed that Matthew was written in AD 50 to AD 100 Since Mark was written first so Matthew must be written after Mark Probably Matthew was written around AD 50 to AD 60 This date allows Matthew to have time to use Marks Gospel to complete the Gospel before the destruction of the temple in AD 70 Also it allows time for Luke to use Matthews Gospel to compose his Gospel Purpose of Writing and Why was it included in the Bible It is obviously that Matthew intends to write this to Jews First of all he does not explain Jews culture like the other books of Gospel Mark73 and Luke1940 Secondly he quotes about six-two times about the fulfillment of Old Testament to show to Jews how Jesus is the promised Messiah Thirdly he uses the phrase kingdom of heaven in this book which can be considered as a Jews expression Gospel of Mark In
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