The formation of Matthew’s Gospel probably took place in the first decade of the church’s life, that is, before 44, and this not only before 1-2 Thessalonians and Galatians but probably before Paul’s second visit to Jerusalem “after fourteen years” (Gal, 2:1; cf. Acts 11:27-30; 12:25).
Dave Black’s Why Four Gospels? The Historical Origins of the Gospels (Energion, 2010), 53.
Well now, seems to me like this might seem like a highly contentious claim among some circles. Perhaps not contentious but bold and assertive. Makes me wonder hos he feels about Strobel’s Case for Christ book – given that he argues most of Paul’s letters come before the Gospels and that, in fact, the provide an element of historical reliability for the gospels.
I’m all messed up now! Thanks! lol!