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Are there any Biblical Scholars/Textual critics who believe that the 4 Gospels were originally written in Greek? I'm talking about the originals, the first ever copies not the manuscripts that we have now that are a few centuries old.

If so, can you please provide names/references of these scholars.

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This is actually a fairly common position. Aramaic primacy is a newer hypothesis. – Affable Geek Mar 19 '14 at 1:45
Did the founding church fathers comment on this issue? – user1361315 Mar 19 '14 at 15:08
Bruce Metzger, Daniel Wallace, and almost all the others. And the Church Fathers do comment on this. Jerome and others say that Matthew alone was written in Hebrew and then translated into Greek. This was unique among the NT books. Greek was the language they spoke of the rest of the books being written in. And there are a handful of Greek manuscripts that are estimated to be within a century of their originals (P52 for example). – Frank Luke Mar 19 '14 at 16:12
@FrankLuke Sorry Bruce Metzger believes they were written in which language? thanks! – user1361315 Mar 19 '14 at 17:37
@user1361315, Bruce, Daniel, and the vast majority of NT scholars believe Greek was first. Sorry I didn't specify. – Frank Luke Mar 19 '14 at 18:32

Yes. Dr. C. Matthew McMahon writes that the belief that the four gospels were written in Hebrew is an idea that is not consistent with the manuscript evidence, and furthermore he draws the conclusion that believing that the four gospels were written in Hebrew is detrimental to knowing who God is, what he is like, and that Jesus is both God and man. See his footnotes for more sources.

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It seems equally dangerous to ignore God's Hebrew choice of linage for Jesus Christ. Clearly when Jesus is quoted, it would be foolish to believe He spoke to His Hebrew disciples in Greek? – Rick Mar 19 '14 at 11:23
It is instructive to note that the charge against Jesus that was nailed to the cross was written in Hebrew, Latin and Greek. This suggests that all three languages were commonly understood. Furthermore, The Hebrew Scriptures had been translated into Greek in 250 B.C. and this translation would have been familiar to the people of the day. So, Greek was definitely a language that was well understood in that day. – Narnian Mar 19 '14 at 13:53
@Rick, if you are interested in that topic, I highly recommend *Understanding the Difficult Words of Jesus". – Frank Luke Mar 19 '14 at 16:13

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