Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Of (or rather, from) Bethsaida, is added as one of the minute touches of local knowledge which give to this Gospel the colour and vividness that an eye-witness only could impart. It explains the meeting. Philip was going home, and Bethsaida was on the way which Jesus would naturally take from Bethania to Cana (John 2:1-2). It explains, too, the process by which Philip passed from Messianic hope to a full belief in the Christ. He was a fellow townsman of Andrew and Peter. These two had talked together of ancient prophecy and future expectation. One had announced to the other in striking language, “We have found the Messias,” and it is with the same word that Philip tells the good news to Nathanael. This “Bethsaida of Galilee,” as it is called in describing Philip in John 12:21, is thus distinguished from the Bethsaida Julias, which was on the eastern side of the lake. (See Jos. Ant. xviii. 2, § 1, and comp. Note on Luke 9:10.)Matthew 11:21.most of his mighty works, Matthew 11:20.
the city of Andrew and Peter; or "Simon", as read the Syriac and Persic versions: three apostles were called out of this place, as mean, and wicked, as it was; see Matthew 11:21; which was no small honour to it: it is a saying of the Jews (n), that
"a man's place (his native place) does not honour him, but a man honours his place.''
This was the case here.Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)John 1:44-45. Τῇ ἐπαύρ.] i.e. after the last-mentioned day, John 1:39, which is the same with the τῇ ἐπαύρ. of John 1:35, consequently the fourth day from John 1:19.
ἠθέλησεν, κ.τ.λ.] He was just desiring to go forth, and findeth, etc.; therefore still at the lodging-place, John 1:40, for ἐξελθεῖν refers to the stay there (μένει, John 1:40).
εὑρίσκει] as if accidentally, but see John 17:5 ff.
The statement, instead of being hypotactic in form (“when he would go out, he findeth”), is paratactic, as often in Greek from Homer downwards (Nägelsbach, z. Ilias, p. 65, ed. 3; Kuhner, II. p. 416), and in the N. T.; Buttmann, N.T. Gr. p. 249 [E. T. p. 196]. We must place the scene at the commencement of the journey homeward, not on the road during the journey (Lücke).
ἀκολ. μοι] of following as disciples. Comp. Matthew 4:19-20; Matthew 9:9; see also John 1:46; John 2:2. The invitation to do this (not merely to go with Him) is explained by John 1:45, as brought about by the communications of Andrew and Peter, though certainly the heart-piercing look of Jesus Himself, and the impression produced by His whole bearing, must be regarded as the causes which mainly led Philip to come to a decision. John does not record the further conversations which of course ensued upon the ἀκολ. μοι, and the obedience which followed, because his aim was to narrate the call.
ἐκ τ. πόλεως, κ.τ.λ.] see on Matthew 8:14.John 1:44-51. Further manifestations of Jesus as Messiah.44. Philip was of Bethsaida] In the Synoptists Philip is a mere name in the lists of the Apostles: our knowledge of him comes from S. John. See above on John 1:42 and on John 14:8. The local knowledge displayed in this verse is very real. S. John would possess it; a writer in the second century would not, and would not care to invent. This is Bethsaida of Galilee on the western shore, not Bethsaida Julias. See note on Matthew 4:13.John 1:44. Βηθσαϊδά, Bethsaida) This seems to be mentioned for this reason, because Nathanael’s native country was neighbouring, John 1:45, ch. John 21:2, “Nathanael of Cana in Galilee.”
 So Philip of Bethsaida the mere readily findeth Nathanael of Cana, which was near Bethsaida.—E. and T.
 Ἀνδρέον καὶ Πέτρου, Andrew and Peter) Andrew may have been the elder brother. He did not take ill the great honour dune to Peter; however he was the next after him.—V. G.
Rev., more literally, from (ἀπό). Bethsaida of Galilee. See John 12:21, and on John 1:28. Philip, being of the same city as Andrew and Peter, was the more ready to welcome Christ, because of the testimony and example of his fellow-citizens. Notice the change of preposition: from Bethsaida (ἀπό) and out of (ἐκ) the city. See on from the dead, Luke 16:31.
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