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St. Matthew

        St. Matthew (apostle), born as Levi son of Alphaeus (Gospel by St. Mark), is traditionally believed to be the author of the first Gospel. Before his vocation he was a tax collector in Capharnaum. After the scattering of the apostles, St. Matthew preached in Ethiopia. There he unmasked two magicians, who were worshiped as gods, triumphed over the magicians' dragons and resurrected the daughter of King Hegesippus, who was thus converted. He was executed for protesting against the marriage of King Hirtiacus with his niece Iphigenia, by beheading, burning at the stake or stoning. Matthew is the patron saint of bankers and tax officials.
See: Caravaggio The Martyrdom of St. Matthew, The Calling of St. Matthew, St. Matthew and the Angel.
Benozzo Gozzoli. St.Matthew. The Four Evangelists.
Jan Sanders van Hemessen. Jesus Summons Matthew to Leave the Tax Office.
Jacob Jordaens. The Four Evangelists.
Georges de La Tour. St. Matthew.
Pontormo. St. Matthew the Evangelist.
Nicolas Poussin. Landscape with St. Matthew.
Rembrandt. St. Mathew and Angel.

Recommended reading:
The Book of Saints: The Lives of the Saints According to the Liturgical Calendar by George Angelini, Victor Hoagland (Editor). Regina Press, Malhame & Company, 1986.
365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives by Woodeene Koenig-Brick (Author). Harper SanFrancisco, 1995.
Twelve Who Followed Jesus by Landrum P. Leavell. Broadman Press, 1975.
The Galilean Dialogues: On the Road With the Master and the Twelve by Joe F. Tarpley. Vantage Press, 1994.
Prophets & Apostles of the Last Dispensation by Lawrence R. Flake. Deseret Books, 2001.
Voices from Ancient Bethlehem: A Dialogue With Jesus and the Twelve Apostles by Scribe. Jodere Group, 2003.
Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur (Author). W Publishing Group, 2002.
The Twelve: The Lives of the Apostles After Calvary by Bernard Ruffin. Our Sunday Visitor, 1998.

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