The name "Matthew" is derived from a Hebrew word which means "the gift of God".
We read in the Gospels that Jesus saw a man named Matthew sitting in the tax collector's place and said to him: "Follow Me."
According to Mark and Luke, the name of the man called was Levi. As was the Jewish custom, our patron bore two names - Matthew Levi.
The Gospels intimate that he was wealthy and possessed some education at the time of his calling.
St. Matthew wrote the first canonical Gospel between the years 70 and 100 A.D. in the Aramaic dialect of the Hebrew language.
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