Matthew, the tax collector… Mark, the notetaker for the disciple Peter… Luke, the physician pal of Paul.. and John, the “favorite” of Jesus…
Did these guys really pen the books that bear their name? Or were the “Gospels” just anonymous books that were simply attributed to them in order to make them sound more authoritative?
Timothy Paul Jones writes:
If these claims are correct, early Christians did not link the four New Testament Gospels to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John because these individuals actually wrote the Gospels. The Gospels were, according to Bart Ehrman and many others, originally anonymous. According to this reconstruction, early Christians forged apostolic links in the second century in order to make these documents seem more authoritative. Ehrman’s proof for this supposition is the “wide variety” of different titles found among the Gospel manuscripts.
But does this reconstruction of who wrote the Gospels actually make the best sense of the historical evidence?
With this question in mind, let’s take a careful and critical look at the likelihood that the four New Testament Gospels actually originated with Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Consider with me the crucial question of who wrote the Gospels.
What does the best evidence available today reveal to us about this?
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