Philip Finds Nathanael

In a previous post I showed how “Jesus Finds Philip” in Galilee is a short satirical representation of the descriptions of Josephus of Philip trying to hide with “fictitious hair” in “The Life of Josephus”, but then in “The Wars of the Jews” Josephus finds Philip in the middle of a long description of Galilee.  The very next verse tells us how to find Nathanael, specifically we will need Philip’s help:

“The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida {“House of Hunting”;}, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

– John 1:44-51

So, Philip can help us find Nathanael.  There are about 30 mentions of Philip in the works of Josephus, but only one where he is with someone with a name similar to Nathanael “under a tree” and “where everyone can see him” and it turns out it is Philips brother Netir:

“… This man took up a stone of a vast bigness, and threw it down from the wall upon the ram, and this with so great a force, that it broke off the head of the engine. He also leaped down, and took up the head of the ram from the midst of them, and without any concern carried it to the top of the wall, and this while he stood as a fit mark to he pelted by all his enemies. Accordingly, he received the strokes upon his naked body, and was wounded with five darts; nor did he mind any of them while he went up to the top of the wall, where he stood in the sight of them all, as an instance of the greatest boldness; after which he drew himself on a heap with his wounds upon him, and fell down together with the head of the ram. Next to him, two brothers showed their courage; their names were Netir and Philip, both of them of the village Ruma, and both of them Galileans also; these men leaped upon the soldiers of the tenth legion, and fell upon the Romans with such a noise and force as to disorder their ranks, and to put to flight all upon whomsoever they made their assaults.”

– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 3, 7:21

So, Philip helped us find Nathanael, who stood in the sight of everyone, including Jesus, under the tree which represents the trunk of the battering ram.

“…Jesus said to them, “… when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom {the inside joke;}].””

– Thomas 1:22

The translator added their interpretation of what you will enter when you make an image in the place of an image in square brackets, so I added my interpretation in curly brackets.  Because how in the hell is seeing an image in the place of an image supposed to get you into the kingdom of God?

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