“Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
King James Version (KJV)
1:45 Jesus of Nazareth - So Philip thought, not knowing he was born in Bethlehem. Nathanael was probably the same with Bartholomew, that is, the son of Tholomew. St. Matthew joins Bartholomew with Philip, #Mt 10:3|, and St. John places Nathanael in the midst of the apostles, immediately after Thomas, #John 21:2|, just as Bartholomew is placed, #Acts 1:13|.
Joh 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael. As we learn from Joh 21:2, Nathanael was a Galilean, his home being at "Cana in Galilee". His name only occurs in these two places. He is supposed to have been one of the Twelve, the same one mentioned in the other Gospels as Bartholomew (Mt 10:3 Mr 3:18 Lu 6:14), which means "son of Tolmai". The use of the name in Joh 21:2 favors this hypothesis. We have found him, of whom Moses . . . did write. There was only one to whom this could refer, "The prophet like unto Moses" (De 34:10 Ac 3:22 7:37), the Messiah; and when Philip names Jesus of Nazareth, Nathanael is at once skeptical whether the Messiah could come out of Nazareth, an insignificant and despised place.