The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleMatthew 10:3
Philip and Bartholomew…
The first of these was called
next; his name is a Greek one, which his parents, though Jews, might
take from the Greeks that dwelt among them, see (John 12:20,21) mention
is made of one R. Phelipi, and Phulipa, in the Jewish writings F17.
The latter of these, Bartholomew, is conjectured, by Dr. Lightfoot,
to be the same with Nathanael, he being called next in order after
Philip; and that his name was Nathanael, (ymlt rb) , "Bar Talmai", or
"the son of Talmai", or "Ptolomy": a name once common to the kings
of Egypt: so Talmai, king of Geshur, is by the Septuagint, in (2 Samuel 3:3)
(2 Samuel 13:37) called Tholmi, and in (1 Chronicles 3:2) Tholmai: hence it
appears, that Bartholomew is no other than Bartholmi, or the son of
Tholmi. We read of one R. Jonathan, (owmlwjba Nb) , "ben Abtolemus",
in the Talmud F18, whether the same name with this, may be considered.
Thomas, and Matthew the publican:
by the other evangelists Matthew
is mentioned first; but he being the writer of this Gospel, puts
Thomas first, which is an instance of his modesty; and also calls
himself the "publican", which the other do not: this he mentions, to
magnify the grace of God in his vocation. The Jews F19 speak of
(yatm) , "Matthai", or "Matthew", as a disciple of Jesus. Thomas was
sometimes called Didymus; the one was his Hebrew, the other his
Greek name, and both signify a "twin", as it is very likely he was:
mention is made of R. Thoma, or Thomas bar Papias, in a Jewish
writer F20. Next follow,
James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus:
the former of these is so called, to distinguish him from James, the
son of Zebedee. This is the James, who was the brother of our Lord,
(Galatians 1:19) and is called "James the less", (Mark 15:40) . Alphaeus his
father, is the same with Cleopas, (Luke 24:18) or Cleophas,
(John 19:25) . The Hebrew name, (yplx) , which often occurs among
the Jews F21, may be pronounced either Chlophi, or Alphi, or with the
Greek termination Cleopas, or Alphaeus. The latter of this pair of
apostles is the same person with Jude, the writer of the epistle,
which bears that name, and was the brother of James, with whom he is
coupled: he was called Lebbaeus, either from the town of Lebba, a sea
coast town of Galilee, as Dr. Lightfoot thinks; or from the Hebrew
word (ybl) , "my heart", as others, either for his prudence, or
through the affections of his parents to him; as the Latins call one
they love, "meum corculum", "my little heart"; or from (aybl) , "a
lion", that being the motto of the tribe of Judah. His surname
Thaddaeus, is thought by some to be a deflexion of Jude; or Judas, and
as coming from the same root, (hdy) , which signifies "to praise", or
"give thanks"; or from the Syriac word, (dt) , "a breast", and may be
so called for the same reason as he was Lebbaeus. Frequent mention is
made of this name, (aydt) , "Thaddai", or "Thaddaeus", among the
Talmudic F23 doctors. The Jews themselves speak F24 of one (hdwt) ,
"Thodah", as a disciple of Jesus, by whom no doubt they mean this same
disciple. Eusebius F25 mentions one Thaddaeus, as one of the seventy
disciples, who was sent to Agbarus, king of Edessa, who was healed and
converted by him. This Agbarus is reported to have wrote a letter to
Jesus Christ, desiring him to come and cure him of his disease; to
which Christ is said to return an answer, promising to send one of his
disciples, who should do it; and that accordingly, after Christ's
death, Thomas sent this Thaddaeus to him.
F17 Massechet Sopherim, c. 21. sect. 7. Bereshit Rabba, sect. 71. fol.
F18 T. Bab. Nidda, fol. 19. 1.
F19 T. Bab. Sanhedrim, fol. 43. 1.
F20 Juchasin, fol. 105. 2.
F21 Echa Rabbati, fol. 58. 4. Midrash Kohelet, fol. 60. 4. Juchasin,
fol. 92. 1.
F23 T. Hieros. Celaim, fol. 27. 2. Sabbat, fol. 6. 1. Erubim, fol. 23.
3. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 123. 1. & Erubim, fol. 71. 2. Juchasin, fol.
81. 1. & 105. 2. & 108. 1.
F24 T. Bab. Sanhedrim, fol. 43. l.
F25 Eccl. Hist. l. 1. c. 12, 13.
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