The Apostle and Evangelist Matthew (also named Levi) was the brother of James Alphaeus. He was a tax collector until he was called by Christ. He was the first to write a Gospel, and he wrote in Hebrew. The theology of his Gospel is aimed at the Jews, and repeatedly shows how Christ fulfilled prophecy and was the Messiah of Israel. nMatthew preached in many places, but won the crown of martyrdom in Ethiopia.
His feast is celebrated on November 16, and again on June 30 with the Twelve Apostles. In the West he is celebrated on September 21, and by the Copts on October 22.