The Gospel according to Matthew, often called the Gospel of Matthew or simply Matthew, is one of the four canonical gospels and the first book of the New Testament.  The narrative tells the story of Jesus and his disciples.  Most scholars believe Matthew was written around 70 AD, shortly after Jesus’ death.  Authorship is attributed to the apostle Matthew, an attribution confirmed in AD 140 by a Christian named Papias who wrote that Matthew had compiled the sayings of the Lord in Hebrew (presumably before translating them to Greek for the general population).  Matthew was a former tax collector called by the name Levi in the books of Mark and Luke.