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John 1:45-46 The Passion Translation (TPT)

45 Then Philip went to look for his friend, Nathanael,[a] and told him, “We’ve found him! We’ve found the One we’ve been waiting for! It’s Jesus, son of Joseph from Nazareth, the Anointed One! He’s the One that Moses and the prophets prophesied would come!”

46 Nathanael sneered, “Nazareth! What good thing could ever come from Nazareth?”[b] Philip answered, “Come and let’s find out!”


  1. John 1:45 Nathanael means “gift of God.” It is commonly thought that he is the same one as the Bartholomew mentioned as one of Christ’s apostles. Almost every time Philip’s name is listed as an apostle, it is followed by Bartholomew. The word friend is implied.
  2. John 1:46 Jesus and his disciples were Galileans and spoke the northern dialect of Aramaic. Galileans were considered somewhat backward. Isaiah called that region “the land of the gentile peoples, those surrounded with great darkness.” Yet this was the region where the Messiah’s light would shine forth. See Isa. 9:1-2.
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