Die karakterisering van Natanael in die Johannesevangelie

Steven Hunt


The characterization of Nathanael in the Gospel of

In this article the characterization of Nathanael is
investigated by taking into account both historical concerns and literary aspects. After a brief
discussion of questions pertaining to Nathanael’s identity and historicity, his basic
characterization is discussed. Following this, a number of important issues are investigated in
more detail, namely the way in which the introduction of this character on the fourth day can be
related to the cosmological setting in the Gospel; the suggestion that Nathanael is portrayed as
a follower of the Baptist and gift of God; an exploration of the intercharacterizational
relationship of Nathanael and Simon Peter; and, finally, an investigation of the intertextual
relationships between the Nathanael episode and Zechariah 3:10 (in particular, the notions of
the “Branch” and “under the fig tree”).


Gospel of John; Analysis of characters; Nathanael; Intercharacterizational analysis; Intertextuality

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5952/55-3-4-656


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