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Bartholomew was born at Cana in Galilee and was the son of a farmer. He was living in Bethsaida. Bartholomew is sometimes referred to as “Nathanael” in the gospel. Philip was an old friend of Nathanael’s.


Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
John 1:43-51

The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”

Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”

“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”


Bartholomew preaching the Gospel

The Apostle Bartholomew by DuccioThe Apostle Bartholomew by Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1308-11
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence, Italy

In fulfilling The Great Commission, Bartholomew preached the Gospel in India. Then he preached in Ethiopia, Mesopotamia, Parthia and Lycaonia. Finally he went to Greater Armenia. Both Bartholomew and Jude Thaddeus brought Christianity to Armenia in the 1st century.


Bartholomew’s Martyrdom

Bartholomew was flayed (skinned alive) and beheaded at the command of King Astyages at Albanopolis (Armenia), for converting his brother Polumius, the king of Armenia, to Christianity.

L0075265 Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, 17th century Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew. Oil painting after Jusepe de Ribera. Bartholomew was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He is usually depicted as being flayed alive during his martyrdom. Oil 17th century By: Jusepe de RiberaPublished: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew by Jusepe de Ribera, c. 1639


Tomb of Saint Bartholomew

Bartholomew’s body was first carried to the island of Lipara, then to Benevento, and finally brought to Rome by the Holy Roman Emperor, Otto III, to the Island of the Tiber.

Basilica of Saint Bartholomew - Tiber IslandSaint Bartholomew Basilica on Tiber Island in Rome

Saint Bartholomew’s remains were installed in St. Bartholomew Basilica within the red porphyry basin that supports the main altar.

Priest Angelo Romano walks in his church, the Basilica of St. Bartholomew, located on the island Isola Tiberina in Rome on June 3, 2012. The basilica is dedicated to the New Christians Martyrs of the 20th century since 1999, when Pope John Paul II created a Commission to the study their life and history. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/GettyImages)

Tomb of St. Bartholomew in the red porphyry basin supporting the altar on Isola Tiberina in Rome

Tomb of St. Bartholomew - im_Dsc00555a (1)Red porphyry basin containing the relics of Saint Bartholomew


Statue of St. Bartholomew holding his own skin


Statue of St. Bartholomew by Marco D’Agrate, Milan Cathedral, photo by Andrzej Otrebski (2010)


Saint Bartholomew’s feast day is August 24.

2 Responses to “BARTHOLOMEW—Apostle”

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  1. Ellen Lee says:

    Bruce and I just saw the statue of St. Bartholomew at Milan Cathedral
    two weeks ago. Amazing!

  2. rey castro says:

    I want to get the second class relic of saint bartolomew

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