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Lesson # Mark 3:18c
Study Material - Mark 3:18c
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18 And [kai] Andrew [Andreas] , and [kai] Philip [Philippos] , and [kai] Bartholomew [Bartholomaios] , and [kai] Matthew [Matthaios] , and [kai] Thomas [Thomas] , and [kai] James [Iakobos] the son [ho] of Alphaeus [Alphaios] , and [kai] Thaddaeus [Thaddaios] , and [kai] Simon [Simon] the Canaanite [Kananites] , KJV-Interlinear
18 and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot; NAS
The sixth Apostle listed in this chapter is Bartholomew (Nathanael). do you have the first six Apostles names memorized yet? Not a great deal is known about Bartholomew, but from the article below we can conclude that he was the man (most probably along with others) who brought the gospel to the east. Everywhere that the apostles went they trained others who went even further and so the earth was evangelized. Better examples of this spreading of the gospel are the Spanish and the British of the past few centuries. Even now in our current time, many missionaries and aid relief organizations take the gospel of Christ to many third world countries, especially into those areas that are hammered by disaster, war, disease and such.
The article from the McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia is as follows:
'Bartholomew Barqolomai, son of Tolmai; one of the twelve apostles of Christ (Matt 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14; Acts 1:13), generally supposed to have been the same individual who in John's Gospel is called Nathanael (q.v.). The reason of this opinion is that in the first three gospels Philip and Bartholomew are constantly named together, while Nathanael is nowhere mentioned; on the contrary, in the fourth gospel the names of Philip and Nathanael are similarly combined, but nothing is said of Bartholomew. Nathanael, therefore, must be considered as his real name, while Bartholomew merely expresses his filial relation (see Lightfoot, Hor. Hebr. p. 325). If so, he was a native of Cana in Galilee (John 21:2). Bernard and Abbot Rupert were of opinion that he was the bridegroom at the marriage of Cana. He was introduced by Philip to Jesus, who, on seeing him approach, at once pronounced that eulogy on his character which has made his name almost synonymous with sincerity, 'Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile' (John 1:47). He was one of the disciples to whom our Lord appeared after his resurrection, at the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:2); he was also a witness of the ascension, and returned with the other apostles to Jerusalem (Acts 1:4,12,13).
Of the subsequent history of Bartholomew, or Nathanael, we have little more than vague traditions. According to Eusebius (Hist. Eccles.v. 10), when Pantaenus went on a mission to the Indians (India - toward the close of the second century), he found among them the Gospel of Matthew, written in Hebrew, which had been left there by the Apostle Bartholomew. Jerome (De Vir. Illustr. c. 36) gives a similar account, and adds that Pantaenus brought the copy of Matthew's Gospel back to Alexandria with him. But the title of 'Indians' is applied by ancient writers to so many different nations that it is difficult to determine the scene of Bartholomew's labors. Mosheim (with whom Neander agrees) is of opinion that it was a part' of Arabia Felix, inhabited by Jews to whom alone a Hebrew gospel could be of any service. Socrates (Hist. Eccles. 1, 19) says that it was the India bordering on Ethiopia; and Sophronius reports that Bartholomew preached the Gospel of Christ to the inhabitants of India.'
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