John 7:52

52 They replied, 1"Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that 2no prophet arises from Galilee."

John 7:52 Meaning and Commentary

John 7:52

They answered and said unto him
Being displeased with him, and as reproaching him, though they could not deny, or refute what he said:

art thou also of Galilee?
a follower of Jesus of Galilee, whom, by way of contempt, they called the Galilean, and his followers Galilaeans, as Julian the apostate after them did; for otherwise they knew that Nicodemus was not of the country of Galilee;

search and look;
into the histories of former times, and especially the Scriptures:

for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet;
but this is false, for Jonah the prophet was of Gathhepher, which was in the tribe of Zebulun, which tribe was in Galilee; see ( 2 Kings 14:25 ) ( Joshua 19:10 Joshua 19:13 Joshua 19:16 ) . And the Jews F26 themselves say, that Jonah, the son of Amittai, was, (Nwlwbzm) , of "Zebulun", and that his father was of Zebulun, and his mother was of Asher F1; both which tribes were in Galilee: and if no prophet had, as yet, arose from thence, it did not follow that no one should arise: besides, there is a prophecy in which it was foretold, that a prophet, and even the Messiah, the great light, should arise in Galilee; see ( Isaiah 9:1 Isaiah 9:2 ) ; and they themselves say, that the Messiah should be revealed in Galilee; (See Gill on John 7:41).


F26 T. Hieros. Succa, fol. 55. 1,
F1 Bereshit Rabba, sect. 98. fol. 85. 4.

John 7:52 In-Context

50 Nicodemus, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them,
51 "Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?"
52 They replied, "Are you from Galilee too? Search and see that no prophet arises from Galilee."
53 [[They went each to his own house,

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver. 41
  • 2. [2 Kgs. 14:25 with Josh. 19:13]
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