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St Matthew - Apostle and Evangelist

Matthew was one of the Twelve Apostles, and the author of one of the Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). I have read conflicting statements as to whether Matthew wrote the FIRST of the Gospels or whether it was Mark.

Matthew was the son of Alpheus, and was a Tax collector by profession - a profession much maligned in those days, since it appears that many Tax Collectors were cheats and robbers.

As Jesus went on from there , He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow Me", He told him, and Matthew got up and followed Him." (Mt 9:9)

There is a tradition that Matthew's apostolic activities took place in Palestine, Ethiopa, Parthia and Persia.

His Gospel was composed probably betweeen 42AD and 50AD ( the year of the Council of Jerusalem), and it seems certain that it was written before 70AD when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem, since there is no mention of that in his Gospels.

Matthew's Gospel starts with the Genealogy and birth of Jesus Christ, whereas Mark's starts with John the Baptist preparing the Way.

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