Nazareth did not have a good reputation. Many Gentiles who passed through on the nearby trade roads, bringing their own pagan values, and the Roman army, had brutalised its religious culture. Trading and money spoke loudly in Nazareth, which had no reputation for holiness. So, when Philip found his friend Nathanael, and told him about Jesus of Nazareth, Nathanael was not impressed. He came from Cana (John 21:2), about 10 miles from Nazareth. He knew its reputation. How could God’s Messiah possibly be the son of a carpenter from Nazareth?