When Did Saint Matthew Live?


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Saint Matthew, also known as Levi, lived during the first century B.C.E., although the exact dates of his birth and death are unknown. He was a tax collector before he converted to Christianity and became one of the 12 Apostles.

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Matthew is considered to be a saint in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran churches, and he is also recognized in Islam, although the Qur'an itself does not mention him by name. He continued to preach in Jerusalem after the death of Jesus, although his exact whereabouts are unknown. He may have gone to Ethiopia, Pathia or Persia, but there is little consensus among accounts of that time. While the Roman and Orthodox churches maintain that he was martyred, the nature of his death is unknown.

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