Introduction to Matthew
Matthew, a tax-collector and apostle, also called 'Levi'
Papias said it was written first in Aramaic, then in Greek
either AD 50-70 or AD 70-100
- many shorter concise stories
- gospel for the Jews
- uses word "church"
- uses "kingdom of heaven" instead of "kingdom of God"
- prominence on teaching (5 discourses)
- has opening genealogy
- mentions many cases of Old Testament fulfillment
- has birth narrative and Sermon on the Mount
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