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Nathanael, Nathaniel

Meaning: given or gift of God

one of our Lord's disciples, “of Cana in Galilee” (John 21:2)

He was “an Israelite indeed, in whom was no guile” (1:47-48). His name occurs only in the Gospel of John, who in his list of the disciples never mentions Bartholomew, with whom he has consequently been identified. He was one of those to whom the Lord showed himself alive after his resurrection, at the Sea of Tiberias.