New Defender's Study Bible Notes
1:46 Nathanael. Nathanael is probably the same as Bartholomew (Matthew 10:3).
1:46 Nazareth. The town of Nazareth is not mentioned in the Old Testament or in any of the extra-Biblical literature of the period, so it is not known why Nathanael made such a remark. As a fellow Galilean, Nathanael undoubtedly had some knowledge about its citizens, and that was his feeling about them. The Nazarenes’ ill-tempered reaction to Jesus when he returned to preach in their synagogue, even attempting to kill Him (Luke 4:16-30) gives some insight.