Discovering St. Bartholomew in the Bible

St. Bartholomew
John 1:45-46
Bartholomew/Nathanael was Rather Skeptical About Jesus at First! ...
Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth."  But Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come from Nazareth?"



John 1:47
What Jesus had to Say About Bartholomew/Nathanael ...
Jesus saw Nathanael come toward him and said of him, "Here is a true Israelite.  There is no duplicity [deceit] in him."


Bartholomew/Nathanael's Perception of Jesus Suddenly Changing ...
Nathanael [Bartholomew] said to him, "How do you know me?"  Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree." Nathanael [Bartholomew] answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel."


The Calling of St. Bartholomew/Nathanael
by Jan Luyken
Matthew 10:1-5
Bartholomew/Nathanael listed as an Apostle in Matthew's Gospel.


Luke 6:12-16
Luke's inclusion of Bartholomew/Nathanael as an Apostle.

Jesus and the Apostles
A Fresco in Cappadocia, Turkey

Luke 9:1-6
Jesus' instructions to Bartholomew and the rest of the Apostles as they were about to travel from village to village to proclaim the Kingdom of God.  They were given authority over demons, power to cure diseases; they were not to bring along a walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, nor a second tunic; in places not welcomed, they were to shake the dust from their feet and move on.


Matthew 26:26-30
Matthew's account of the Lord's Supper with the Apostles ...
Jesus  took bread, said the blessing, broke it, 
and giving it to his disciples said, 
"Take and eat; this is my body."

Last Supper by S. Zhivago - 1845

When St. Bartholomew and nine other Apostles (Thomas was not present and Judas Iscariot was gone) rejoiced at the appearance of Jesus after his death and resurrection ... when He breathed the Holy Spirit upon them and gave them the power to forgive sins.

Flemish Illumination by Willem Vrelant - 1481

John 21:1-14
When St. Bartholomew and Six Other Apostles Saw the Risen Christ at the Sea of Tiberias ...

"Cast the net over the right side of the boat
and you will find something."  
So they cast it, and were not able to pull it 
in because of the number of fish.
- John 21:6
Jesus said to them, "Come, have breakfast."
- John 21:12a

Jesus Appearing to Bartholomew and Six Other
Apostles at the Sea of Tiberias (a.k.a. Sea of Galilee)
by Jacopo Tintoretto (circa 1575-1580)

St. Bartholomew along with the other Apostles and disciples in the Upper Room waiting for the Holy Spirit.

The Comping of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and disciples.


The influence of the Apostles in the early Christian Community.

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