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Who are the four evangelists who wrote the Gospels?

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October 30, 2015 1:31AM

It seems obvious, doesn't it? Matthew wrote Matthew, Mark wrote Mark, etc.

Unfortunately, there is no factual basis for that conclusion.

The fact is, the authorship of the four gospels is anonymous. We do not know who wrote them. It is church tradition, not history, which ascribed the authorship of the books.

Irenaeus, a Bishop in the Roman Catholic Church, was the first to choose these four books (among dozens of candidates) as "canonical", or authentic, in the late 2nd century.