Pope Benedict on Bartholomew

Posted August 24, 2019 11:48 pm by Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict on Bartholomew

BENEDICT XVI
GENERAL AUDIENCE
Saint Peter’s Square
Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Bartholomew
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In the series on the Apostles called by Jesus during his earthly life, today it is the Apostle Bartholomew who attracts our attention. In the ancient lists of the Twelve he always comes before Matthew, whereas the name of the Apostle who precedes him varies; it may be Philip (cf. Mt 10: 3; Mk 3: 18; Lk 6: 14) or Thomas (cf. Acts 1: 13).
His name is clearly a patronymic, since it is formulated with an explicit reference to his father’s name. Indeed, it is probably a name with an Aramaic stamp, bar Talmay, which means

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