Fishing is mentioned numerous times throughout the Gospels.  Small fish were used in the miraculous feeding of two large crowds of people (Mt 14:16-21, 15:34-38).  Large fish were also caught (Jn 21:11). Fish were caught by line, or by casting nets often from boats (Mt 4:18, 17:27; Lk 5:4).  The Sea of Galilee was the source of an abundance of fish yet none can live in the very salty waters of the Dead Sea.  Jonah was swallowed by a large sea creature – some versions call it a large fish, others a whale (Jnh 1:17).

Fishing was the occupation of at least five of the 12 disciples. Jesus called His disciples from catching fish to be “fishers of men” (Mk 1:17).  This

Am I developing my human fishing abilities?

term is often used today to describe soul winning, along with the symbol of a fish.  The first letter of the Greek words for “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour” form the word for fish in Greek. This was sometimes used as a secret sign by first century Christians under persecution.

See also: Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee.

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