The Original Gospel of Matthew

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Standford Rives has been a Christian for over 38 years, initially baptized into a Baptist congregation, and then over 20 years ago, spent ten years as a member of a Calvinist Presbyterian church. Mr. Rives currently associates with Assembly of God and evangelical churches. He is a civil litigation attorney of thirty years experience. He is also trained in classical Greek and Latin. Finally, Mr. Rives is the author of the acclaimed work "Did Calvin Murder Servetus?"

The Original Gospel of Matthew

Its Reconstructed Form Prior to the Greek Translation

Authored by Standford Rives

Standford Rives seeks to provide the best approximation of the original Gospel of Matthew based upon Hebrew sources. There is no disputing Matthew wrote his gospel in Hebrew. In about 400 AD, Jerome translated it from a copy at the Library of Caesarea. It was quoted dozens of times by the earliest church commentators. Jerome explained that our Greek version of Matthew came from this Hebrew version. Jerome noted a score of variants that were interesting. The Shem-Tob version of Matthew is the best candidate to reflect the original Hebrew Matthew. Standford Rives, a Christian attorney, tries to meticulously assemble what likely was the original Matthew from all these sources. It is hoped that this will be edifying to the faithful.

This first of three volumes collects all viable earliest variants for Matthew overlaid on the framework of the American Standard Version of Matthew from 1901. These variants are color coded for easy identification. The variants are footnoted so the reader can read its source and weigh its strength and viability.

The second volume will collect important scholarly material on the validity of the early variants and the significance of the changes to the traditional text. Topics covered in volume two include whether the virgin birth was originally present, whether Yahweh's name was originally used, and on the aid to apologetics which the original Matthew variants provides.

The third volume is intended for devotional reading. It attempts to represent the best estimate of what the entire original Gospel of Matthew contained. There is no commentary. It is simply a smooth flowing text with the best variants reflected in the text using color coding to signify the source of each variant. The same color codes are used in volume three as used in volume one. They will tell the reader the general source of the variant, but to know the precise citation for the variant, one must refer back to Volume I. The first and third volumes are separated to keep customer purchase costs down. This allows the readers to choose whether to purchase just volume one or also volume three to know the contents of the Original Gospel of Matthew.

Publication Date:
1466322667 / 9781466322660
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Religion / Christianity / General

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