Matthew, son of Alphaeus, was a Roman tax collector. As such he was thought to be in collaboration with the enemy by the very ones from whom he collected taxes.
Matthew’s Gospel was written to convince Jewish readers that their anticipated Messiah had come in the person of Jesus. Matthew preached among the Jews for 15 years; his audiences included the Jewish enclave in Ethiopia and places in the East.
Patron of accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, customs officers, security forces, security guards, stock brokers & tax collectors.