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Nathanael (Na-thăn'a-el), gift of God. A native of Cana of Galilee, John 21:2. whom our Lord called an Israelite without guile. John 1:47. He was led by Philip to Jesus, He went doubting, with the words on bis lips, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Jesus, however, at once convinces him that he is the Messiah by the exhibition of his knowledge, declaring that he had seen Nathanael under the fig tree before ever Philip had called him. Nathanael confesses him to be the Son of God and the King of Israel. The name Nathanael occurs only in John. For this reason, combined with the fact that John never mentions the name of Bartholomew, it is generally supposed that the two are identical.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Nathanael'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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