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Mar 10:46 (KJV) And they came to Jericho: and … blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging

Bartimaeus was terribly down.

Obviously.

And so wretched was he that not even his name (which has left theologians confused till date) mattered- the bone of contention being the fact that Bartimaeus simply means Bar Timaeusi.e. Son of Timaeus. Apostle Mark’s description, which was in fact a repetition has left them even more puzzled. ‘Bartimaeus the Son of Timaeus’…

Blind, broke, rejected, relegated and overlooked by the society, as though he never even existed- his case was pathetic indeed!

Worse still, the general public permitted him no true or real identity, and rather preferred to tag him with three things, namely: his father’s name, his cloak (a kind of himation- which historians believe was symbolic of a death sentence), and his condition.

Blind Bartimaeus!

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