Saint Matthew the Apostle
About Saint Matthew
Saint Matthew was one of the twelves Apostles of Jesus
Christ. His father's name was Alpheus, who was a tax collector. Matthew
was also collected taxes for a living before he decided to spend his
life following Christ and spreading the word of his goodness. Matthew
is remembered best for being the writer of the first of the Gospels.
an apostle of Jesus, St. Matthew did most of his work in the Palestine
area, and not many solid facts have been discovered about his actions
in the later years of his life. There are possibilities that he did
work in Persia, Ethiopia, and Parthia as well as Palestine. Nobody
really knows whether Matthew ended up a martyr, like many of his fellow
apostles, or if he simply passed away due to natural causes. The answer
to that question will likely never come.
Matthew wrote his part of the Gospel for two reasons. The first being
for it to serve as a thing to remember Jesus by and remind all those
that he had converted to Christianity that they should keep the faith
although he had departed from the Earth. The second reason was to
convince the still unfaithful, who were in denial that Jesus was the
Messiah sent from God. Many people were still questioning whether Jesus
was the true Messiah or not. Many believed him to be a prophet surely,
like Saint John the Baptist, however to believe that he was the true,
real Messiah was a tough task to accomplish. Many would be convinced
throughout the years though by the Gospels written by Matthew and other
apostles of Christ.
It is known that
Matthew wrote the Gospel between the years of 42 and 50 AD because in
his writing he describes Jerusalem as it was before the Romans came an
destroyed and conquered everything. He also refers to older traditions
that only apply to the time period of 42 to 50 AD. The Gospel was
produced in Aramaic because that was the native tongue of Matthew who
was from Palestine. Around 42 AD is when Matthew started moving around
and his whereabouts became unknown to most.
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