The Gospel of Matthew was written by a tax collector named Matthew. Of the four Gospels, Matthew is the most systematic in presenting the teachings of Jesus. The book of Matthew was used almost universally by the early church as a source book for instructing new converts in the faith.
UP amongst the hills, perched like the nest of a bird on one of the long low ridges,
lies the little town of Bethlehem. It was but a small town at the time this story begins,
and there was nothing about it to make it at all famous.
“We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard, said the apostles marching directly into persecution. They had discovered the secret of Jesus' strength. We may discover it too, thanks to the clues left behind by those who loved not their lives even unto death.