New Defender's Study Bible Notes
1:43 Galilee. At this time, Jesus was apparently still in Judaea, where John had been baptizing (John 1:28), preparing to travel north nearer to His family home in Galilee. A wedding had been scheduled there in Cana, to which He had been called (John 2:1-2). Yet he called John, Andrew, Peter, Philip, Nathanael, and presumably James (John’s brother) as His disciples during these two days. All of these men lived far north in Galilee, yet Jesus first encountered them in or near Bethabara, east of Jerusalem, far from their homes. The inference seems to be that all were disciples of John the Baptist, and were with him as he preached and baptized near Jerusalem in those days.