Nathanael—The True Disciple under the Fig Tree

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  • Title: Nathanael—The True Disciple under the Fig Tree: A Narrative Criticism of John 1:43-51 and Its Implications to Discipleship
  • Author(s): Philip Joseph Sarmiento
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Religion in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society
  • Keywords: Biblical Interpretation, Disciple, Gospel of John, Narrative Criticism, Nathanael
  • Volume: 9
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2154-8633 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8641 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v09i02/31-42
  • Citation: Sarmiento, Philip Joseph . 2019. "Nathanael—The True Disciple under the Fig Tree: A Narrative Criticism of John 1:43-51 and Its Implications to Discipleship." The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 9 (2): 31-42. doi:10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v09i02/31-42.
  • Extent: 12 pages

Abstract

This article aims to present a narrative criticism of John 1:43-51 that highlights the role of Nathanael as a “true disciple” under the fig tree. Using Mark Allan Powell’s process of narrative criticism, the author looked into the order of events, duration and frequency of events, causal links, conflict, characters, characterization, settings, and symbolism of the biblical text. It is hoped that through this narrative criticism, Nathanael’s story in the Gospel of John can be an example of how to follow Jesus and become one of his true disciples.