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Matthew is the author of this gospel, yet he says little about himself. As a publican (tax collector), he would ordinarily be disliked by other Jews (Matthew 9:11), yet Jesus chose him as a disciple. Matthew's immediate response to Jesus's call must have been preceded by an unrecorded history of his own personal repentance and faith. He would very likely have been a follower of John the Baptist before John told his own disciples to follow Jesus (John 1:35-37; 3:30; Acts 1:21,22).
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8