Mark 10:46

And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.
Read Chapter 10

Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
Mark has recorded both the name of Bartimaeus and of his father, a circumstance which scarcely occurs in all the many cases of healing which had been performed by the Lord…. Consequently there can be little doubt that this Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, had fallen from some position of great prosperity, and was now regarded as an object of the most notorious and the most remarkable wretchedness, because, in addition to being blind, he had also to sit begging.

Cornelius a Lapide

AD 1637
Bartimus, the son of Timus. This blind Prayer of Manasseh , then, was called by a proper name, Bartimus, i.e, the son of Timus, as Bartholomew is the same as son of Ptolemy. The same was called also by the same name as his father Timus. Timus was the name of that Pythagorean philosopher who wrote the life of Pythagoras. Moreover, Bartimus is interpreted by Pagnini in three ways (in Nom. Hebraicis). The first is from S. Jerome, to the effect that Bartimus means the blind Song of Solomon , or the son of blindness. He says that it is a Syriac name, but corrupted from Barsemia, or Barsamus. Bar is Song of Solomon , semaia, blindness. The second opinion Isaiah , that it means the son of honour; as if compounded of the Syriac Baruch , a Song of Solomon , and the Gr. τιμή, honour. The third Isaiah , that it means the son of the admirer, or admirable corn, or admirable purity. For this was what the blind man received from Christ. For being illuminated in body, he was far more illuminate...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Bartimæus is a Syriac word, and signifies, son of Timæus.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

App Store LogoPlay Store Logo