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Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 1:45-51

The guileless inquirer. Notice— I. THE CHARACTER OF NATHANAEL IN ITS DISTINGUISHING FEATURES . "An Israelite indeed." This title was partly given to Jacob, and assumed by his descendants. But many of them were Israelites only in name, not in deed. Hereditary titles are often hollow and unreal. They were genuine when bestowed at first as tokens and rewards of courage and service, but when assumed on account of birth merely, they often lack reality. Nathanael was a true... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 1:45-51

Jesus and Nathanael. Jesus praises Nathanael both in what he says to others concerning him, and what he says directly to himself. Whatever Jesus may have found praiseworthy in the other four disciples, he said nothing. Nathanael stands out very distinctly as having in him elements of character needing to be published to all disciples. Jesus meant to say to others, "Be ye as this man. Be ye also Israelites indeed, in whom there is no guile. Be ye those who have peculiar individual... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 1:49

Nathanael was overcome by irresistible conviction that here was the Searcher of hearts, One gifted with strange powers of sympathy, and with right to claim obedience. Answered him £ —now for the first time with the title of Rabbi, or teacher— Thou art the Son of God. Nothing is more obvious than that this is the reflection of the testimony of the Baptist. "The Son of God," not " a Son of God," or "a Man of God," but the Personage whose rank and glory my master John had... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - John 1:49

Rabbi - Master. Applied appropriately to Jesus, and to no one else, Matthew 23:10.The Son of God - By this title he doubtless meant that he was the Messiah. His conscience told him that he had judged right of his character, and that therefore he must know the heart and the desires of the mind. If so, he could not be a mere man, but must be the long-expected Messiah.The King of Israel - This was one of the titles by which the Messiah was expected, and this was the title which was affixed to his... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - John 1:47-51

John 1:47-51. Jesus saw Nathanael coming “Nathanael, being a man of a candid disposition, resolved to go and converse with Jesus, that he might judge with the more certainty concerning his pretensions. He was coming therefore with Philip on this errand, when Jesus, who knew his thoughts, honoured him with the amiable character of a true Israelite, in whom there was no guile A plain, upright, honest man, one free from hypocrisy, and open to conviction; one who not only derived his pedigree... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - John 1:35-51

18. The first disciples (John 1:35-51)John the Baptist no doubt felt he had successfully completed part of his work when two of his disciples left him to follow Jesus. One of these was Andrew, the other probably John (who does not mention his own name in his Gospel). Andrew then brought his brother Simon to Jesus. Jesus saw some characteristic in Simon that caused him to give him the name ‘Rock’. (The Aramaic word that Jesus used is transliterated as Cephas. The equivalent Greek word is... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - John 1:49

the King of Israel. Thus proclaiming the Person of the Lord, in connexion with the Kingdom. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - John 1:49

Nathaniel answered him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God: thou art the King of Israel.This confession hailed Jesus as the divine Son of God, which being true, also entitled him as the King of Israel. John's introduction of this full understanding of Jesus' Messiahship so early in his narrative does not contradict the subsequent failure of the apostles to maintain this high level of conviction. The examples cited in this chapter should be viewed as resulting from the generally accepted opinion... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - John 1:49

John 1:49. Rabbi, thou art the Son of God,— It is not improbable but Nathanael had been praying under the fig-tree, and that in his prayer he had made confession of his sins in such a particular and ample manner, as to claim, in that respect, the character which Christ gave of him. Accordingly, when Jesus insinuated that he had given it to him on account of what had passed under the fig-tree, Nathanael immediately perceived that he not only knew what was done at a distance, but could also look... read more

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