Real Name: Matthias
Identity/Class: Human (1st century or so)
Group Membership: The Twelve Apostles
Affiliations: Jesus Christ, the Twelve Apostles
Known Relatives: None (see comments)
Aliases: Matthias the Apostle, Tolmai
Base of Operations: Jerusalem
First Appearance: Acts of the Apostles in the
Hebrew Bible (possibly written around 70-90 AD);
(in a Marvel Comic) Spirits of Vengeance I#3 (February, 2018)
Powers/Abilities: St. Matthias did not exactly
display any superhuman powers but following a vision experienced when
he touched Judas Iscariot's cursed silver, he had an uncanny sense of
the mystical power of the silver. Whether this sense was a true
superhuman ability or merely a feeling gathered after experiencing a
vision of the silver's true nature remains unrevealed.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'7")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 145 lbs.)
Hair: Dark brown
(Acts of the Apostles 1:21-22) - Matthias was an early follower of Jesus Christ during his Earthly ministry who was active among Jesus' Apostles but was not one of the twelve who were Jesus' closest companions.
(Spirits of Vengeance I#3 (fb)) - Matthias happened
upon Judas Iscariot, who had hung himself after being ravaged by anger,
confusion and guilt following his betrayal of Jesus Christ. Finding
Judas' cursed silver scattered out on the ground, Matthias went to
gather up the silver but the moment he touched the silver, Matthias
experienced a vision of how Judas' own malevolence itself had bonded
with the silver and Matthias determined that the coins were pure evil
and powerful in a way that Matthias did not fully understand. Realizing
the cursed silver was essentially blood money, Matthias felt the silver
should be as buried as Judas himself.
(Acts of the Apostles 1:12-26) - Following the suicide of Judas Iscariot and ascension of Jesus, the remaining eleven of the Twelve Apostles cast lots to determine who should replace Judas in their ranks. The lots fell to Matthias so they added him to the Twelve.
(Spirits of Vengeance I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Matthias
eventually wrote a Gospel (see
comments) suggesting the power of Judas' cursed silver and why
it had been hidden. Eventually, Matthias was made a saint and he left a
cryptic warning at Judas Iscariot's burial site, by then dubbed Akeldama,
about the silver. Over the subsequent centuries, the Gospel of Matthias
was thought lost from the Biblical New Testament apocrypha. In 1872 AD,
a monastery was built in Akeldama and during construction of the
monastery, Judas' burial site was unearthed and St. Matthias' warning
was found. Being religious men, the monks heeded St. Matthias' warning
and Judas' silver was sealed away under guard. Decades later, in the
modern era, the sorcerer Necrodamus
spent hundreds of hours studying ancient Hebrew scrolls in ancient
crypts and pieced together the Gospel of Matthias by stringing together
bits of legend and questionable apocrypha. Upon reading the acquired
parts of the Gospel of Matthias, Necrodamus learned the location of
Judas' cursed silver and paid a guard to acquire the silver for him
with the help of his agent, Razan the Night Jackal.
Comments: Adapted into Marvel Comics by Victor Gischler and David Baldeon.
BIG THANKS to Prime Eternal for providing Biblical information on Matthias!!
Matthias is somewhat notorious for his anonymity. His election to the
Twelve Apostles at the beginning of Acts is seemingly a significant
event yet he's never mentioned anywhere else in Acts nor the rest of
the Bible. For that reason, there have been many theories advanced over
the years where he's been linked to other more famous figures such as
the suggestion that he's actually Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10).
The Encyclopedia of Saints recounts an "irregular legend tradition" that fills in his backstory (it appears to be from James of Voragnine's Legenda Aurea). Supposedly, Matthais was the son of two royal figures, Ruben and Cyborea. Pontius Pilate forced Matthias to kill both his father and his brother. Matthias then married his mother. Eventually, he repented from these actions and followed Jesus. As others have noted, this version of Matthias' life makes him into an Oedipus figure. What everyone agrees on is that Matthias was a martyr but, again, he remains a murky figure so accounts of his martyrdom vary. He might've been crucified in Judaea or died in Ethiopia, and heck, just how many followers in the 1st century were named Matthias? Probably more than one! That wouldn't help biographers much.
Matthias is the patron saint of builders, blacksmiths, tailors,
butchers, confectioners and of boys who are beginning school. He's also
invoked against whooping cough, smallpox and infertility in marriage.
Encyclopedia of Saints also recounts various superstitions accorded to
Matthias over the centuries. Apparently, if you scoop up water on the
night before his feast day, it will turn into wine. One story claims
Matthias' drink was poisoned by pagans but he was unaffected by the
toxin. He's also a popular source for invoking oracles because he was
elected to the Twelve Apostles by casting lots.
There was also a Gospel of Matthias, a text which is now lost. We only
know about it through references from the 2nd and 3rd centuries which
refer to it as a work of heresy. --Prime Eternal
Which makes sense in terms of his Gospel as mentioned in his comic book appearance in Spirits of Vengeance I#3. --Proto-Man
The accounts of Judas' death in the Gospel
of Matthew and the Acts of
the Apostles (written by Luke, author of the Gospel under his own name)
differ as to how Judas died. Matthew's account, which is earlier than
Luke's, states Judas returned the money and killed himself then the
chief priests bought the land where he died. However, the Acts of the
Apostles subsequently claimed Judas used the silver coins to buy the
plot of land then "fell headlong" and his "body burst open and all his
intestines spilled out." The history as covered below (in the Akeldama
subprofile) is how theologians have harmonized the two
accounts. It's believed that Judas did hang himself at what became
Akeldama and that when his body fell from where it had been hung, it
burst open on the ground. It's an elegant solution, proving Marvel
continuity fans are the stepchildren of theologians! --Prime Eternal
Additionally, the subprofile text for Akeldama below is also very slightly different from the various accounts in order to account for what we know of the Marvel Comics version of Akeldama seen in Spirits of Vengeance I#3. --Proto-Man
Profile by Proto-Man
Matthias should be distinguished from:
|--Matthew 27:3-5 (Spirits of
Vengeance I#3 (fb), Acts
of the Apostles 1:18-19, Matthew 27: 6-10, Spirits of Vengeance
Spirits of Vengeance I#3 (February, 2018) - Victor Gischler (writer), David Baldeon (art), Chris Robinson (editor)
First posted: 11/19/2022
Last updated: 11/19/2022
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