|About Saint Bartholomew
Saint Bartholomew, one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus, is mentioned in the New Testament in the books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. He is also mentioned in the fifth book of the New Testament, the Acts of the Apostles.
- (Matthew 10:1-3) 1He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;
- (Acts 1:12-14) 12Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day's walk from the city. 13When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
St. Bartholomew Missionary
After the crucifixion and Ascension of Jesus, St. Bartholomew and the Apostle Jude traveled to India, Ethiopia, Mesopotamia, Parthia and Lycaonia to preach the words of Jesus. St. Bartholomew brought Christianity to Armenia during the first century. Saint Bartholomew Monastery was built in his honor during the thirteenth century.
St. Bartholomew Painting
The martyrdom of St. Bartholomew is portrayed in Michaelangelo’s, Last Judgement. Michaelangelo painted St. Bartholomew with a knife in his hand and his skin draped over one hand. The reason for this is that St. Bartholomew was skinned alive and then crucified upside down for refusing to pay homage to the heathen gods. The martyrdom of St. Bartholomew took place in Armenia.