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Bartholomew: Apostle Against Idols

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In the canonical books, the apostle Bartholomew is mentioned together with Philip or Matthew or both. The relation with Philip is confirmed by the widespread tradition that identifies Bartholomew with Nathanael, who was brought to Jesus by Philip. Bartholomews cult did not remain confined to Lipari but spread through the Latin lands. The distribution of relics certainly stimulated the cults dissemination. This chapter deals with the development of the apostles cults and on their life and death, such as the early medieval Breviarium apostolorum and Isidore of Sevilles treatise De ortu et obitu patrum, and the early medieval martyrologies. The apocryphal traditions on Bartholomew are explained. This is followed by a discussion on the most important legendary traditions concerning Bartholomew. The chapter discusses hymn material from a Beneventan and an Old Spanish collection.

Keywords: apostle Bartholomew; Breviarium apostolorum; Lipari; Matthew; medieval martyrologies; Philip



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