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Matthew meaning

Ματθαιας

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🔼The name Matthew in the Bible

There's only one Matthew in the Bible, although his name isn't really Matthew. For some reason, the early English translators of the Bible chose to transliterate the names of key players in the Bible a lot smoother than the lesser characters. And so Paulus became Paul, Stephanos became Stephen, Jacobus became James, and so on. Some names were kept in there Greek form. The name Jesus, for instance, never became Jees, and Titus stayed Titus, possibly to prevent people having to read from the Book of Tit.

But the name Matthew isn't really Matthew but Matthaios. And that name belongs to one of the apostles of Jesus, who was a tax collector before Jesus called him (Matthew 9:9). His original name was Levi, and he was a son of Alphaeus (Mark 2:14).

Matthew remains a minor character in the Bible. We read that he was present in the upper room in Jerusalem after the ascension of Christ (Acts 1:13) and that's it. But he wrote the Gospel of Matthew, and that made him one of the most famous apostles. When Judas had to be replaced, the lot appointed Ματθιας (Matthias), whose name is nearly identical to that of Matthew (Acts 1:23).

🔼Etymology of the name Matthew

The name Matthaios is a transliteration of a Hebrew name, probably something like מאתיה (Mattaiah), which doesn't occur in the Hebrew Bible. This name would consist of two elements, the final one being יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHWH, or Yahweh.

The first part of our name comes from the root-verb נתן (natan) meaning to give:

🔼Matthew meaning

The name Matthew means Gift Of The Lord, or more precise: Gift Of Yah.