The apostle, identified with Nathaniel, and nephew of the king of Syria. After the Ascension he first went to Lyconia and then to Lower India. In a temple of Ashtaroth he silenced by his presence the demon who inhabited the idol, he then cast a demon out of a man and cured the king’s daughter who was a lunatic. The king wished to honour and reward him, but he could not be found. He drove out the demon who inhabited the powerful idol of the country, and the king and all the people were baptized. Then the priests went to the king’s brother Astyages, also a king, to stir him up against the apostle. Astyages sent 1,000 men to seize Bartholomew, and was interrogating him, when news came that the idol Balach had fallen and was dashed to pieces. The king ordered the apostle to be beaten and then stretched on a cross and flayed. Although without his skin Bartholomew continued to live, and preached so that many were converted. On the following day the king ordered him to be beheaded. When the Saracens invaded Sicily they dispersed the apostle’s bones, but he appeared in a vision to a monk, showing him where the bones might be found, and the monk caused the relics to be taken to Benevento. 24th August.
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- Allen Banks Hinds, M.A. “Saint Bartholomew”. , 1900. CatholicSaints.Info. 16 April 2017. Web. 29 April 2017. <>