Late dating of the gospels
He has a master's degree in Old Testament from Wheaton Graduate School in Wheaton, Ill., and was an American Studies Fellow at Eastern College.David Crowder is an investigative reporter for the El Paso Times in Texas.This story appeared on Page A6 of The Standard-Times on April 19, 2003. It's not just old guy preacher men spouting their views.They use basic guides just like archaeologists use pot shards for dating.At Matthew , just before Jesus said he came to fulfill the law, he tells his followers that the lamp of their belief should not be hidden but "let your light shine before men."Neil Altman is a Philadelphia-based writer who specializes in the Dead Sea Scrolls and religion.He has done graduate work at Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, Conwell School of Theology, and Temple University.When the judge suggests that dividing the estate would be proper on the basis of a new law that had superseded the ancient Law of Moses, Gamaliel argues that the judge is wrong and loosely quotes a statement attributed to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew."Look further in the book, and it is written in it, 'I have not come to take away from the Law of Moses nor add to the Law of Moses ....' " Gamaliel replies, and wins the case on the basis of that argument or the bribe he gave the judge -- a "Libyan ass."The Libyan ass itself is a reference to Jesus and the mount he rode into Jerusalem. Travers Herford, called Gamaliel's story a "brutal parody of Christian belief." In his book, "Christianity in Talmud and Midrash," he points to a second reference to Matthew, in the reaction of the woman who lost the case, despite the golden lamp she gave as a bribe. " she says, throwing a sarcastic barb at the judge.
Yuval of Jerusalem's Hebrew University states that Rabban Gamaliel, a leader of rabbinical scholars in about 70 AD, is "considered to have authored a sophisticated parody of the Gospel according to Matthew." The Talmud, a text not often touched by New Testament scholars, also contains a number of obvious references to Jesus and his family.John Rylands Fragment In that debate with Doug Shaver on TWeb (I published here two different speeches of mine--the debate is now over if anyone wishes to imbibe the wisdom), Doug argued for dates of the Gospels way up in the second century.It always strikes me as hilarious when I debate Jesus mythers and they are so anti-academic and so opposed to the progress of modern scientific method of Bible study because they methods have produced some results that have not disappointed believers.Thus they can be fairly certain how far back it pushes Matthew. The pre Mark redacation pushes it back all the way to mid century.
For story on the Talmudic passage here is An ancient Jewish parody that quotes the New Testament's Gospel of Matthew may refute a major argument by biblical scholars who challenge the credibility of the Bible.(Considered THE Dean of Textual-Critical studies today [since Aland's death])Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Southern Methodist University (Dr.