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Matthew assigned the name to the Gospel of Matthew. Mark assigned the name to the Gospel according to Mark. Luke assigned the name to the Gospel of Luke; and John assigned the name to the Gospel of John. If they did not then they certainly vouched for their own authorship. As soon as there was more than one written gospel account it was necessary to ...


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One of the earliest "assignees" so-called of the same names of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to their respective gospel accounts is Irenaeus of Lyons (~130-202 AD) who was a well-known, respected, apologetic writer about Classic Christianity. Here is his account of the 4 gospels and his reasonings. It is not possible that the Gospels can be either ...


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Gospel copies with titles do not start appearing until around 200 CE. Tradition ascribes certain identities and stories to the authors of the Gospels, but they are not based on what most textual historians would regard as significant evidence. For example, the Gospel of Matthew reads like a Greek original, not a translation or interpretation of a text that ...


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