BARTHOLOMEW

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BARTHOLOMEW (son of Tolmai), the apostle, is probably the same person as JYathanael, mentioned, in the Gospel of St. John, as an upright Israelite, and one of the first disciples of Jesus. The derivation of his name and descent from the family of the Ptolemies, is fabulous. He is said to have taught Christianity in the south of Arabia, and to have carried there the Gospel of St. Matthew, in the Hebrew language, according to Eusebius. Chrysostom mentions, that he preached in Armenia and Natolia, and a later writer of legends says, that he suffered crucifixion at Albania pyla (now Derbent, in Persia). The ancient church had an apocryphal gospel bearing his name, of which nothing has been preserved.