Matthew was one of the Apostles of Christ and author of the gospel that bears his name. He appears in all the lists of the twelve apostles (Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:15 and Acts
1:13). In Matthew 10:3 he is described as "the tax-collector". Matthew 9:9 describes Matthew's call to be a disciple. In the parallel passages in Mark and Luke he is referred to as Levi, and Mark adds that he was "the son of Alphaeus".