Barthol’omew (son of Tomai), one of the twelve apostles of Christ. Matt. 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:14; Acts 1:13. It has been not improperly conjectured that he is identical with Nathanael. John 1:45ff. He is said to have preached the gospel in India, that is, probably, Arabia Felix, and according to some in Armenia.