RE: [ematthew] preference in the Early Church for Matthew over Luke
>In addition, one might look at the commentaries and sermons on Matthean texts in comparison to the other 3, particularly Luke. And I believe, though not as scholarly as Bogaert, Peter Kirby's E-Catena is back up at the Early Christian Writings site where he culls the early church writers for their uses of NT texts.
> Jeffery, YES (but not just Luke, mind you--Mark and John etc. as well).
> Causal factors? Probably the early interest in ethics/morals (viz.
> christology) and the didactic utility of the Five Sermons (esp the
> Sermon on the Mount).
> Evidence is found in Matt's placement in the Gospel canon (you can
> find alternative lists of Gospel order in P.-M. Bogaert, "Ordres
> Ancienes Des Évangiles et Tétraévangile en un Seul Codex," Revue
> Theologique de Louvain 30 : 297314; there are not many),
> lists of uses in everything from Clement (rome) to Didache,
> Irenaeus, Origen, etc.
In terms of causal factors, distribution, belief that it was the first gospel, belief that it was written by one of the disciples and not a second generation writer (important esp. in light of John's lateness and acceptance among early gnostics), and association with a church community or communities in the "east", where it all started.
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