Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael in John 1

The gospel lectionary reading for the Second Sunday in Epiphany is the next stage in Jesus’ initial encounter with the first disciples in John 1.43–51, in which Philip introduces Nathanael to Jesus. Like other passages in this early part of the Fourth Gospel, it is quite a sparse narrative, but laden with significance, including anticipations of the later gospel narrative, as well as including realistic geographical and temporal markers.

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1 thought on “Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael in John 1”

  1. Sitting under one’s fig tree and vine – a presentiment of paradise, that word of Persian derivation that connotes a walled garden. The beginning and the end are brought together in the person of Jesus, the God-Man, the intersection of heaven and earth.


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