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What was Jesus’ πατρίδι (hometown/homeland) in John 4:44?

I had always assumed that this referred to Nazareth and Galilee, where Jesus grew up. However, Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg in The Jewish Gospel of John: Discovering Jesus, King of All Israel (p. 62) states that Jesus' homeland is Judea.

John states the reason Jesus did not return to Judea, but went on to Galilee, was because “Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own homeland.” (Literally: “fatherland” in the sense of “motherland” in the English language). (4: 44) What is of course striking here is that John names Judea as Jesus’ homeland, his fatherland, and not Galilee as do the Synoptics. (Mt 13: 54-57, Mk. 6: 1-4, Lk. 4: 23-24) It is likely that the Synoptics treat Galilee, the place of Jesus’ upbringing, as his fatherland. For John, however, Jesus is Judean because of his birth in Bethlehem of Judea. To John, Jesus lived in Galilee because of God’s mission and not because of his Galilean identity. To John he was a Judean…

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For John, however, Jesus is Judean because of his birth in Bethlehem of Judea.

May I ask, what evidence does Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg provide for this statement?

  • Eli just gives what you stated other than pointing out that most of Jesus arguments in John are with the Judeans. – Perry Webb Aug 14 at 20:17

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