Matthew was a tax collector before he was called by Jesus to be an apostle (Matt 9:9). Known formally as Levi, son of Alphaeus (Mk 2:14).
He wrote the first book of the New Testament. It is sometimes called the Gospel of Matthew or the book of Matthew.
He gives a detailed account of the ancestors of Jesus, and about His birth through the Virgin Mary, and about the beginning of His public ministry in Chapters 1-4.
Matthew’s gospel includes a series of Jesus’ speeches, including:
Chapter 5-7 – the Sermon on the Mount.
Chapter 10 – the mission discourse.
Chapter 13 – the parables of the Kingdom.
Chapter 18 – the discourse on Christian living.
Chapter 23-25 – the final end time warnings.
Ten miracles by Jesus are recorded in Chapters 8 and 9.
Matthew’s work has been described as a textbook for Christian leaders. It is Gospel to announce the good news, a presentation of the virgin birth, ministry of teaching and healing, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.