This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.
"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1
Matthew the Apostle
Matthew the Apostle (Hebrew: מַתִּתְיָהוּ Mattityahu ) was, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to Christian tradition the author of the Gospel which bears his name. Matthew was a 1st century Galilean Jew. Matthew collected taxes from the Hebrew people for Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee. His tax office was located in Capernaum. He later joined Jesus as a follower throughout his ministry. According to tradition, he brought the message of Christianity to the Ethiopian people and was martyred in Africa.