February 4, 2013

Introducing Nathanael/Bartholomew

Philip’s close companion, Nathanael, is called Bartholomew in all of the lists found in the New Testament. John refers to him as Nathanael throughout his account. Bartholomew literally means “son of Tolmai,” so he was known as Nathanael, son of Tolmai. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the book of Acts mention Nathanael only in their roll call of disciples. These passages offer little regarding his life and personality. John’s Gospel contains two references to Nathanael. These two passages give us our only glimpse into his personality and character.