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is mentioned only in the Gospel of John where he appears as a key disciple of Jesus (John 1:47–51). He is a witness to his resurrection in Galilee (John 21:2; where he is said to be from Cana in Galilee). Nathanael is a recipient of the promise of an open heaven and of the vision of the angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man (John 1:51), which alludes most clearly to Jacob’s vision in Gen 28:12. This passage probably lies behind the identification of Nathanael as an Israelite, “in whom there is no deceit” (John 1:47) which makes a subtle contrast with Jacob. The promise…

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Rowland, Christopher, “Nathanael”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 05 August 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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