Why is Matthew the first gospel

The gospel according to Matthew


According to the reliable testimony of early Christian tradition, the Gospel of Matthew was written by the apostle Matthew (also called Levi; cf.Mt 9: 9-13), an eyewitness to Jesus Christ, between AD 40 and 60. He presents Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah (gr. Christ) and King of Israel, rejected by his people. Numerous references to fulfilled prophecies of the OT, the family tree and the messianic miraculous signs show Jesus of Nazareth as the son of David, the Savior-King. The Gospel of Matthew is thus a God-given link between OT and NT, which shows how the message of the NT fulfills and continues the revelation of the OT. It reports on five great speeches by Jesus Christ, including the Sermon on the Mount (chapters 5-7) and the eschatological speech about the second coming of the Messiah (chapters 24-25) and deals particularly extensively with the kingdom of the heavens, which is also represented in parables ( Chapter 13). Like all Gospels, it closes with the testimony of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross and his resurrection.


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

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