Saint Matthew was born in Palestine sometime in the first century, before 42 A.D. He was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus and was the author of the first gospel of the New Testament.
Saint Matthew was called to be an apostle of Jesus. At first he preached in the communities of Palestine. Later on, he moved into other areas such as Parthia, Ethiopia and Persia. It is believed that he wrote his gospel sometime between 42 A.D. and 70 A.D, possibly before 50 A.D. He wrote it in Aramaic, which was the language of Palestine at the time.
Before he was an apostle, Saint Matthew was a tax collector who worked in Capernaum. Because of this, Saint Matthew is considered the patron saint of accountants, bankers and tax collectors. His feast day is September 21.