What could Philip have said besides "Come and see"?

In John 1, Philip tries to share his excitement about Jesus with his friend Nathanael, but Nathanael doesn't seem very interested.

Philip runs to Nathanael and says:
We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph
And Nathanael replies:
Can anything good come out of Nazareth?
I wonder what I would have done if I were standing in Philip's sandals. How would I respond? How would you?

The Argumentative Response

First, Jesus was from Nazareth, but was actually born in Bethlehem, the Town of David. And Jesus is of Davidic descent, on both sides (although Joseph is not his biological father).

Second, it makes sense that the Messiah would be from Nazareth in order to fulfill what was foretold by the prophets, that he would be a Nazarene. Now, I know the traditional reading would assume that "Nazarene" referred to an adherent to a particular form of monasticism, but it could also refer to a citizen of that particular township.

Thirdly, when you ask if anything "good" can come from Nazareth, you inappropriately set yourself up as the determiner of "good." My coming to you clearly demonstrates that I'm of the opinion that something good came from Nazareth. So, you're setting yourself up over me. But you're also inviting scrutiny of your own life. How can you know the "good" unless you yourself are in communion with the good? And how can you be the judge of the "good" unless you yourself are good? Are you willing to stand under that microscope?

How far do you think these would get us?

The Moralistic Response

First, don't be so prejudiced. Do you really want to be the sort of person who discriminates against an entire people group?

Second, you come from right down the road. The people of Nazareth are practically your neighbors. You really shouldn't look down your nose at them.

Thirdly, our situation is so bad, if you really loved your country you would accept help from wherever it appears. It shouldn't matter to you that he comes from Nazareth. He's the one we've been waiting for, hoping for, praying for. Your own mother has been waiting and hoping and praying for this. Don't you love your mother?

How far do you think these would get us?

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