Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He has been identified with Nathanael (alternatively spelled Nathaniel),who appears in John 1: 43-51 as being introduced to Christ by Philip (who would also become an apostle) Bartholomew (Greek: Βαρθολομαῖος, transliterated “Bartholomaios”) comes from the Aramaic bar-Tôlmay (בר-תולמי), meaning son of Talmai or son of the furrows (perhaps a ploughman).
Bartholomew was believed to have been born at Cana of Galilee and is listed among the Twelve Apostles of Jesus in the three Synoptic gospels: Matthew 10:1–4, Mark 3:13–19 and Luke 6:12–16 and also appears as one of the witnesses of the Ascension, Acts 1:4,12,13. On each occasion, however, he is named in the company of Philip. Within the Coptic Orthodox Church, his martyrdom is commemorated on the first day of the Coptic Calendar (i.e. the first day of the month of Thout), which currently falls on September 11 (corresponding to August 29 in the Julian Calendar). His feast is June 11th in Eastern Christianity and August 24 in the Anglican Communion and both forms of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.