Matthew [Mat'thew] The son of Alphaeus
and one of the Twelve Apostles
. He was a tax-collector for the Romans
, called 'publican' in the A.V. He left his office immediately he was called by the Lord and entertained Him at a feast. No other incidents are recorded of him apart from the other Apostles
. He is universally believed to have written the Gospel
bearing his name. Matt. 9: 9; Matt. 10: 3; Mark 3: 18; Luke 6: 15; Acts 1: 13. He is called Levi
in Mark 2: 14; Luke 5: 27, 29.