Harper’s Bible Dictionary
edited by Paul J. Achtemier (San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1985)
You are strongly recommended to add to your library the excellent revised edition of Harper's Bible Dictionary titled, The Harper Collins Bible Dictionary, Revised Edition [book review], edited by Paul J. Achtemeier, with the Society of Biblical Literature (NY: Harper Collins, 1996). It is currently the best one-volume Bible dictionary in English, and it is available at Border's Books, Christian Science Reading Rooms, http://www.borders.com, or http://www.christianbook.com.
Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles about whom little is known. His name appears in all of the nt apostolic lists (Matt. 10:2-4; Mark 3:16-19; Luke 6:14-16; Acts 1:13) but nowhere else in the nt. Because Bartholomew follows Philip in three of the lists (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), some scholars have identified him with the Nathanael whom Philip brought to Jesus (John 1:45-51; Bartholomew is never mentioned in John, nor is Nathanael in Matthew, Mark, or Luke). This identification lacks conclusive evidence, however, and reflects harmonizing tendencies. Later Christian traditions identify Bartholomew as a missionary in India (Eusebius) and author of an apocryphal gospel (Jerome).
To explore the relationship between the names Bartholomew and Nathanael, as representing the same person, browse:
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