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Nathanael
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Nathanael
Nathanael (Ναθαναήλ, Nathanaēl). An early disciple of Jesus. Initially doubted that the Messiah could come from Nazareth (John 1:46), but he was convinced by Jesus’ words. Name means “God has given” or “gift from God.”
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Nathanael (Person)
NATHANAEL (PERSON) [Gk Nathanael (Ναθαναελ)]. 1. A priest from the line of Pashhur, required by Ezra to dismiss his foreign wife (1 Esdr 9:22).2. A relative of the fictional Judith, identified in the opening genealogy of the book’s second half (Jdt 8:1). Designed to provide the book’s heroine with an
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Nathanael
Nathanael. Jew from Cana of Galilee whom Jesus called to be a disciple (Jn 1:45–50; 21:2). Initially skeptical when Philip described Jesus as the fulfillment of the whole OT (Jn 1:45, 46), Nathanael proclaimed Jesus to be the Son of God and the King of Israel (1:49) after an astonishing personal encounter.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Nathanael
4. An Israelite from Cana of Galilee whose name is found in the Gospel of John. Although John does not explicitly say so, Nathanael appears to have been one of the apostles. At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry he becomes a disciple in the same context as Andrew, Peter, and Philip (Jn. 1:45–49). He is
Nathanael
Nathanael nə-thanʹē-əl [Gk Nathanaēl < Heb neṯanʾēl—‘God has given’].
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Nathanael
NATHANAEL Jew from Cana of Galilee whom Jesus called to be a disciple (Jn 1:45–50; 21:2). Initially skeptical when Philip described Jesus as the fulfillment of the whole OT (1:45–46), Nathanael proclaimed Jesus to be the Son of God and the King of Israel (v 49) after an astonishing personal encounter.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Nathanael
Nathanael (nuh-than´ay-uhl; Heb., “gift of God”).1 A priest who divorced his foreign wife in response to Ezra’s postexilic proclamation (1 Esd. 9:22).2 An ancestor of Judith (Jth. 8:1).3 One of the chosen disciples of Jesus mentioned only in John’s Gospel (1:43–51; cf. 21:2). He came from Cana in
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Nathanael
NATHANAEL. Considered traditionally to have been one of the Twelve, though an apostle by this name does not appear in the lists given in the Synoptic Gospels (Mt 10:1–4; Mk 3:16–19; Lk 6:13–16). In John’s Gospel (Jn 1:45–49) Nathanael is directed to Jesus as the promised Messiah by Philip. In John the
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Nathanael
NATHANAEL. The name means ‘gift of God’, and it occurs only in Jn. 1:45–51; 21:2. He seems to be one of the Twelve and he has been variously identified, especially with Bartholomew. The name Bartholomew is a patronymic, and its bearer would have another name too. Bartholomew is next to Philip in the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Nathanael
Nathanael (Gk. Nathanaḗl)1. An ancestor of Judith (Jdt. 8:1).2. A priest ordered to divorce his non-Israelite wife (1 Esdr. 9:22).3. An Israelite mentioned only in the first and last chapters of the Gospel of John. Introduced to Jesus by Philip, he acknowledges Jesus as the Son of God and King of
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Nathanael
Nathanael [nə thǎnˊǐ əl] (Gk. Nathanaēl; from Heb. neṯan˒ēl “God has given”).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Nathanael
NATHANAEL (Hebrew, “gift of God”) One of the Twelve; the name appears only in John (1:45–51 and 21:2). A native of Cana in Galilee, Nathanael was presented by Philip to Jesus but reacted with skepticism to the claim that Jesus was the Messiah: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:45). When
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Nathanael
Nathanael. One of the first disciples of Jesus, who recommended him for his sincerity (Jn. 1:47). He was a native of Cana (Jn. 21:2) and his call is related in Jn. 1:43–51. In spite of this his name is not included among those of the Twelve Apostles. From the 9th cent. he was identified with St *Bartholomew
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