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Matthew, Gospel According to
Written not later than 62 A.D., is the earliest record we possess of the ministry and teaching of Christ, and is believed to have been originally a mere collection of His sayings and parables; was written in Aramaic, the spoken language of the Jews at the period, of which the version we have in Greek is a translation, as some think by Matthew himself; its aim is to show that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah promised in the Old Testament, in a form, however, which led to His rejection by the Jews, and their consequent rejection by Him, to the proclamation of His gospel among the Gentiles (chap. xxviii. 19,20).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Matthew, Gospel According to'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/matthew-gospel-according-to.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.