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NATHANAEL

Another name for Bartholomew. Each time the Apostles are listed in the Gospels, Philip and Bartholomew are grouped together. It was Philip who brought Nathanael to see Jesus for the first time. Despite an initial skepticism, he was instantly impressed by Jesus' superhuman knowledge and became a follower (John 1:45-51). The only other reference to Nathanael was on the occasion of Jesus' appearance after his resurrection on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias, now known as the Lake of Tiberias, when a group of the Apostles, led by Peter and including Nathanael, went fishing (John 21:1-3).

See Also: BARTHOLOMEW

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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