THE TWELVE APOSTLES-MATTHEW
Luke gives his name as Levi. The name Matthew (Matthias) means gift of God and may be the name given him by the Lord as he did other disciples. He was the son of Alphaeus. The name Levi could mean he was of the tribe of Levi. By profession he worked for the Romans as a tax-collector. This of course means he was hated by the people. His home was Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee.
Ministry: Matthew's first act after conversion was to invite Jesus to a feast at his house with his only friends, other tax-collectors and sinners (Matt. 9:10). The traditions about Matthew seem fanciful. It does seem that he ministered somewhere in Asia, i.e. Persia. He is author of the first Gospel. Jerome (4th and 5th Cent.) says it was originally written in Aramaic then translated into Greek. He says the Aramaic version still existed in his day.