Matthew's is the first of the four Gospels as they appear in the New Testament.This position is perfectly justified by the fact that it is a prolongation, as it were, of the Old Testament.Their sermons are what caused the descriptions to be written down.
This position has been collectively adopted by more than one hundred experts in the exegesis of the New Testament, both Catholic and Protestant.
It diverges widely from the line established by the Second Vatican Council in its dogmatic constitution on the Revelation drawn up between 19.
They resort to these to produce texts which "are suitable for various circles, which meet the needs of the Church, explain observations on the Scriptures, correct errors and even, on occasion, answer adversaries' objections.
Thus the evangelists, each according to his own outlook, have collected and recorded in writing the material given to them by the oral tradition".
the fourfold Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.""Our Holy Mother, the Church, has firmly maintained and still maintains with the greatest constancy, that these four Gospels, which it unhesitatingly confirms are historically authentic, faithfully transmit what Jesus, Son Of God, actually did and taught during his life among men for their eternal salvation until the day when He was taken up into the heavens. Their authors "are writing down the traditions of their own community concerning Jesus". The Gospels are texts which "are suitable for various circles, meet the needs of the Church, explain observations on the Scriptures, correct errors and even, on occasion, answer adversaries' objections.
Thus, the evangelists, each according to his own outlook, have collected and recorded in writing the material given to them by the oral tradition". It is quite clear that we are here faced with contradictory statements: the declaration of the Council on the one hand, and more recently adopted attitudes on the other.They linked up the narrations and sayings handed down by the prevailing tradition.The grouping of Jesus's sayings and likewise the sequence of narratives is made by the use of fairly vague linking phrases such as 'after this', 'when he had' etc.The Gospels did not form a complete whole 'very early on'; it did not happen until more than a century after the end of Jesus's mission.The Ecumenical Translation of the Bible estimates the date the four Gospels acquired the status of canonic literature at around 170 A. As far as the date the Gospels were written is concerned, A.Tricot states that Matthew's, Mark's and Luke's Gospels were written before 70 A.