Hugh Fogelman



Over twenty times in the gospel of Matthew, the unknown author goes out of his way to tell of prophecy fulfillment. By doing so, the author of Matthew had to misquote, misinterpret verses in his favor, take verses out of context, or simply make them up to reach his goal. Comparing what the author of Matthew wrote to the Old Testament―the Hebrew Bible; we find the following:



Matthew 1:2―15 – His list of generations does not agree with l Chronicles Ch. 1―3

Matt. 1:16 – Trying so hard to make Jesus appear to come from David's lineage that he ignored Jewish law. The Hebrew bible states that a Hebrew's genealogy and tribal membership is transmitted exclusively through one’s PHYSICAL father (Numbers 1:18 Jeremiah 33:17)

Matt.5:43 – had Jesus say, “thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy.” Leviticus 19:18 does not mention any enemy, only “…love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Matt. 15:11 – “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”  Contradicted by all the dietary laws in the Hebrew bible.


Matt. 1:23 – Mistakenly uses the Septuagint word for virgin instead of Hebrew “Alma”

Matt. 1:23 – Misquotes Isaiah 7:14, “they” will call Jesus Immanuel, whereas Isaiah wrote “his mother” would call him Immanuel – not “they.”

Matt. 3:3 – Misinterprets and alters Isaiah 40:3 – “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Not so.
Matt. 4:15 – Added “Galilee of the Gentiles” to Isaiah 9:1―2. Not in the Hebrew Tanakh.

Matt. 8:17 – Took Isaiah 53:4 out of context – Isaiah was relating to a leper (nagua).

Matt. 12:17―21 – Taking Isaiah 42:1―4 out of context – the Servant was Israel four times. And then changes verse 21 to read: "and in his name shall the gentiles trust" (Isaiah 42.1―4).

Matt. 13.14―15 – Took out of context Isaiah 6:9―10 of people being “blind”



Matt. 2:5―6 – Misinterprets Micah 5:2 ― the Messiah coming from Bethlehem.  It was David a Bethlemite, born in Bethlehem and from his seed would come the messiah.

Matt. 2:15 –Taking Hosea 11:1 out of context, Jesus being called out of Egypt

Matt. 2:17―18 – Distorts meaning of Jeremiah 31:1―17 of Rachel weeping.

Matt. 11.10 – By changing the pronoun in Malachi 3.1 “before ME” or “before YOU”?

Matt. 13:35 – The Christ will speak in parables – distorting Psalm 78:2

Matt. 21:1―7 – Jesus riding on two donkeys at the same time – good trick ― (Zechariah 9:9)

Matt. 22:43―44 – Capitalizes the second lord – altering the meaning of Psalm 110:1

Matt. 23:35 Mistakenly gave Zechariah’s father the wrong son. Zechariah was the son of Jehoiada, not Barachiah. II Chronicles 24:20――21

Matt. 27:9 – Quoted the wrong prophet ― was not Jeremiah but Zechariah

Matt. 27:9 – Book of Zechariah was never about any “potter’s field”


Matt 2.12 – Contradicts Luke about going to Egypt after Jesus’ birth.

Matt 9:9 – Becoming one of the 12 conflicts with Luke and John.

Matt 27:57-66 ― Disagrees with Mark, Luke and John at the “burial scene”


Matt Chapter 2 not verified by any other writer and not logical

Matt 2:16 – Got mixed up about Pharaoh & Herod’s Killing of the innocent babies (read the infanticide in Exodus 1:15―22 regarding Pharaoh being told of the Messiah)

Matt 2:23 – Jesus dwelt in a city called Nazareth that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, he shall be called a Nazarene”. No prophet ever said this. 

Matt 23:37 ― [thou] that killest the prophets. Which prophets did the Jewish people kill?

Matt 27:51 ― And behold the veil of the temple was rent in twain – event never happened 

Matt 27:52 ― The graves were opened and the dead went to Jerusalem – never happened
Matthew 9:9 ―The author wrote in the third person. This was unusual as no other author wrote that way. Makes one wonder if Matthew himself wrote this book.


Christiholics should clearly see that the author of Matthew was not inspired by the Christian god ― "Invisible Man in the Sky." Would the Holy Spirit, as Christians claim, make such gross mistakes ― that is, if the Spirit were guiding the writing of such a document? Why would the Holy Spirit use such an ignorant man to write a so-called “inspired” document ― a man who does not even know the only bible of the time ― the Hebrew bible.


Two things are known:


(1) Matthew, IF he was Jewish, knew very little Hebrew and did not understand the Hebrew Bible, and


(2) He knew very little about Jewish law, since he relied so much on the Greek Septuagint.


The author of Matthew was using the Septuagint 'LXX'―the Greek version of the Hebrew bible compiled in the 2nd century BCE for the Greek―speaking Jews of the Diaspora.


The Jewish Scribes and rabbis only translated the first five books of Moses in the LXX Septuagint. There is no record who wrote the rest of the Hebrew bible, presumably they were not Jews. That means that the Greeks translated Isaiah and the prophets and are responsible for the changing of the word “young woman” in the Hebrew to “virgin” in the Greek ― a blatant mistranslation.

Mathew wrote; “…from the blood of righteous Abel unto Zacharias, son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar” (23:35). According to Tanakh, it was Zechariah (Zacharias) son of Jehoiada who was killed by the Temple (ll Chronicles 24:20―21). There is no evidence in the Hebrew bible or in any other writings that Zechariah the Prophet was murdered, let alone killed in the Temple. The First Temple had already been destroyed in Zechariah's time.


When you find one or two events that are clearly not true, you end up having huge doubts as to overall reliability of this book. When you find over 20 events that are not true, altered,  questionable (based upon no facts or distorted facts) or contradicts other writers, the whole book ends up being fiction or questionable as to just how truthful is it. Likewise one will find similar untruths and distortions in the Hebrew bible (Old Testament) ― 6-day universe creation; walking talking snake; giant fish tale; stick turning to a snake; slavery verified; misogyny, bigotry and much more. That book should also regarded as fiction!


Did a god inspire Matthew? NO! Is there an "Invisible Man in the Sky?" NO! God is imaginary!


"I used to believe in God, until I reached the age of reason." -George Carlin (1937-2008)




Citation of Hebrew scripture and sources in articles or analyses is not in any way an acceptance, approval or validation of the Jewish religion, its works or scriptures. The Hebrew bible, like the Christian New Testament, is fictitious; From a 6―day creation of the universe; a cunning, walking, talking snake; big fish tales; world flood and an "Invisible Man in the Sky" ― it is all fiction, a bold sham perpetrated on mankind.