Jesus calls Matthew
Jesus called Matthew (Levi), a tax collector, to follow him.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Tax Office
TAX OFFICE [Gk telōnion (τελωνιον)]. The place where Matthew or Levi, the son of Alphaeus, was sitting when Jesus recruited him in the parallel passages Matt 9:9, Mark 2:14, and Luke 5:27. The word occurs elsewhere in the Greek-speaking east and seems to refer to a public building where custom duties
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tax Office
Tax Office [Gk. teló̄nion] (Mt. 9:9 par Mk. 2:14; Lk. 5:27); AV RECEIPT OF CUSTOM; NEB CUSTOM HOUSE. A word occurring in the Synoptic tradition only in the passage describing the calling of Levi/Matthew (Mk. 2:13–17 par). Each of the Gospels refers to him as “sitting at tó teló̄nion.” The term probably
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Custom, Receipt of
CUSTOM, RECEIPT OF. The place at which Matthew sat when Jesus called him (Mt 9:9; Mk 2:14; Lk 5:27). A revenue or tax office, which arose from the practice of the Roman government in selling to the highest bidder the privilege of collecting taxes within a certain province or city. The buyer paid a stipulated
Receipt of Customs
RECEIPT OF CUSTOMS. All three occurrences of this phrase in the NT are found in connection with the call of Jesus to Matthew the publican (Mt 9:9; Mk 2:14; Lk 5:27). “Levi” is used in the last two passages. The Gr. word involved is telōnion, and refers in the NT to “the place of toll” (ASV). The same
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Receipt of Custom
Receipt of Customreceipt of custom, asv translation for revenue or tax office, the place where tolls or customs taxes were paid (Matt. 9:9; Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27). See also Tribute, Tax, Toll.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Custom, Receipt of
custom, receipt of. This phrase is used by the KJV to render Greek telōnion G5468, which occurs in connection with the call of Matthew (Levi) to become a disciple of Jesus Christ (Matt. 9:9; Mk. 2:14; Lk. 5:27). This Greek word refers to the table or booth where the telos G5465, “duty, tax” (cf. Matt.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
TAX BOOTH [τελώνιον telōnion]. A tax collector’s place of business and, according to the Synoptic Gospels, Levi’s/Matthew’s location when Jesus called him (Matt 9:9; Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27). See TAX COLLECTOR; TAXES, TAXATION.
Key passages
Mt 9:9

And as Jesus was going away from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth and said to him, “Follow me!” And he stood up and followed him.

Mk 2:13–14

And he went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he began to teach them. And as he was passing by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me!” And he stood up and followed him.

Lk 5:27–28

And after these things, he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me!” And leaving everything behind, he got up and began to follow him.

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Topics & Themes