Matthew the Evangelist

Christian evangelist and apostle

Matthew the Evangelist is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ and the traditional author of the Gospel of Matthew (AD 80-90). He is traditionally considered identical to the tax collector Matthew the Apostle or "Levi" mentioned in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.

The Evangelist Matthew inspired by an Angel is a painting by Rembrandt

Modern scholarship


According to the consensus of modern biblical scholars Matthew the Apostle is not the writer of the Gospel of Matthew, who in fact is anonymous.[1][2] If the Gospel was not written by Matthew as tradition states, then the author was probably a male Jew, standing on the margin between traditional and non-traditional Jewish values, and familiar with technical legal aspects of scripture being debated in his time.[2]


  1. Burkett, Delbert (2002). An introduction to the New Testament and the origins of Christianity. Cambridge University Press. p. 174. ISBN 978-0-521-00720-7.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Duling, Dennis C. (2010). "The Gospel of Matthew". In Aune, David E. (ed.). The Blackwell Companion to the New Testament. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4051-0825-6