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Bartholomew (Greek: Βαρθολομαῖος Bartholomaíos, Latin: Bartholomaus) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He has been identified with Nathanael (alternatively spelled Nathaniel), who appears in the Gospel according to John as being introduced to Christ by Philip (who would also become an apostle),[Jn 1:43-51] although most modern commentators reject the identification of Nathanael with Bartholomew.
According to the Synaxarium of the Coptic Orthodox Church, his martyrdom is commemorated on the 1st day of the Coptic Calendar (1st day of the month of "Thout"), which currently falls on September 11 (corresponding to August 29 in the Gregorian Calendar). His feast is June 11 in Eastern Christianity and August 24 in the Anglican Communion and both forms of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.
Bartholomew (Greek: Βαρθολομαῖος, transliterated "Bartholomaios") comes from the Aramaic bar-Tôlmay (בר-תולמי), meaning son of Talmai[3] or son of the furrows (perhaps a ploughman). Bartholomew was born at Cana of Galilee[4] and is listed among the Twelve Apostles of Jesus in the three Synoptic gospels: Matthew,[10:1–4] Mark,[3:13–19] and Luke,[6:12–16] and also appears as one of the witnesses of the Ascension[Acts 1:4,12,13]; on each occasion, however, he is named in the company of Philip. He is not mentioned by the name Bartholomew in the Gospel of John, nor are there any early acta, the earliest being written by a pseudepigraphical writer who assumed the identity of Abdias of Babylon and to whom is attributed the Saint-Thierry Manuscript and Pseudo-Abdias Manuscripts.

Apostle St Bartholomew, El Greco

Saint Bartholomew, Peter Paul Rubens

Saint Bartholomew, Bartolomeo Caporali

Saint Bartholomew, Jusepe de Ribera

Saint Bartholomew, Jusepe de Ribera


Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew, Jusepe de Ribera


St. Bartholomew, Carlo Crivelli

Saint Bartholomew and Saint Andrew, Ugolino di Nerio


Maestà : St. James the Younger and St. Bartholomew, Duccio di Buoninsegna


Sequence "Twelve Apostles with Christ the Judge ", Agostino Carracci

St. Bartholomew, Hans Baldung Grien


Design for an Apostle series : St. Bartholomew, Hans Leonhard Schäufelein

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