I suspect that the AD 41 date comes from "Introduction to Matthew" in New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures (Study Edition). This is the date quoted for Matthew all through JW material, but I only found one place that attempts to justify it at all: a sidebar from a Watchtower article from 1996.polonius wrote: onewithhim wrote:
I'm wondering what Bible version you are reading. All of my versions that I have in my library (and I have dozens) show that Matthew, an apostle with Jesus, wrote about Jesus' resurrection, around the year 41 A.D.. That was before Paul's contribution to the fact.
RESPONSE: Er. When was the Gospel of Matthew written? What evidence do you offer?
I found a few late 1800s commentaries that claim this and all more-or-less repeat the same information as the others. The best two are here and here, if you want to read them.However, evidence suggests an early date for the writing of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Subscripts in some manuscript copies of Matthew indicate that the original writing took place as early as 41Â C.E.
I looked up the two early commentators that are referenced by both commentaries, Theophylact and Euthymius. Both are Byzantine scholars from the eleventh century. I found Theophylact translated into English. No such luck with Euthymius. Theophylact, anyway, bases his dating on the idea that Matthew wrote first. Nearly all modern scholars agree that Matthew and Luke were dependent on Mark, however, which is probably why The Watchtower is alone in suggesting AD 41.