Bible Names A-G
Bartholomew in Wikipedia
was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, and is usually
identified with Nathanael, mentioned only in the Gospel of
John. Bartholomew (Greek: Βαρθολομαίος, transliterated
"Bartholomaios") comes from the Aramaic bar-Tôlmay (תולמי-בר),
meaning son of Tolmay (Ptolemy) or son of the furrows (perhaps
a ploughman). Based on this meaning, many have assumed it was
not a given name, but a family name.
The festival of St Bartholomew is celebrated on August 24 in
the western Church and on June 11 in the Eastern churches. The
Armenian Apostolic Church honours Saint Bartholomew, along
with Jude the Apostle (a.k.a. Thaddeus), as its patron saint.
The Coptic Church remembers him on January 1. The festival in
August has been a traditional occasion for markets and fairs,
such as the Bartholomew Fair held in Smithfield, London since
the Middle Ages that served as the scene for Ben Jonson's
homonymous comedy (1614)...