Bartholomew the Apostle

Christian Apostle

Bartholomew the Apostle is one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He is the patron saint of Armenia, bookbinders, butchers, Florentine cheese and salt merchants, Gambatesa, Italy, leather workers; nervous diseases, plasterers; shoemakers; tanners, and trappers. Along with Saint Jude Thaddeus, he helped bring Christianity to Armenia. He is the patron saint of people who work with leather and animal skins because he was martyred (killed for his beliefs) by being skinned alive. He is usually represented by holding a large knife and his skin.

Bartholomew the Apostle
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A painting called "The Last Judgment" made by Michelangelo shows Bartholomew holding a knife and his own skin.

Bartholomew is also found in Islamic literature. In one such story mentioned by Suyuti, Ibn Arabi, Bayhaqi, and Abu Nuyam Bartholomew is described as one whom God has given extended life to and he meet the companions of the Prophet Muhammad in Iraq. This event took place during the regin of Umar.[1]

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  1. This narration can be found in Tarkeeh Baghad of Al Khattabi, Al-Khasais-ul-Kubra of As Suyuti, Dalail un Nubawwah of Al Bayhaqi, and Futhat al Makkiyah of Ibn Arabi. The full qouation goes can also be found at,