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Short Answer: Many have come up with various numerological interpretations of the number 153 in John. I believe this to be reading into the text things not intended by the author. As the two previous answers to this questions illustrate well, this numerological method allows for several different interpretations of the same passage. Each of the words in ...


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While some have argued for some kind of symbolism in the number shown here, there is no direct support from the text. The notes from the Net Bible indicate the following direct implications: This may have been a larger-than-average catch (especially in context of the following phrase - the net didn't tear under the load) This may be indicative of blessing ...


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The setting here is long before the invention of the printing press. The scriptures were hand copied, thus ordinary people would not have been able to own a copy of the scriptures. However, in ancient Judea during the Second Temple Period, the Jewish scriptures(Christian Old Testament) would have been publicly available in the synagogues to read. In fact, ...


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There are only two possibilities: Jesus healed him, but the healing didn't 'take. Jesus did not heal him. 1 is improbable, so what are the reasons that Jesus wouldn't have healed him? a. They didn't cross paths. Though possible is not probable. b. They crossed paths but Jesus chose not to heal him. This occurs other places: Mt 13.58 And he did ...


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There are a variety of reasons why each gospel author may have chosen to implement what has come to be called the "messianic secret" (Messiasgeheimnis) theme (based on Wrede's watershed work).1 Most scholarly discussion of this theme is related to the gospel of Mark, which the author of the gospel ascribed to Matthew likely used as a source. Even so, the ...


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Intro As noted by the OP, there are a number of these passage in the Gospel accounts. Collectively, this phenomenon is know as the "Messianic Secret" in academic literature. A number of explanations have been offered for the secrecy passages ranging from Jesus actually said such things for some reason (to teach the 12, to delay his death, to avoid Jewish ...


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This is not possible, unless (in the first feast, feeding the five thousand) the disciples made a foolish assumption: Mark 6:36: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. From that verse, we ought to assume the crowd really did have nothing to eat. Even ...


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As far as I can find out, this is the only time "153" appears in the Bible. I searched through some of the apocryphal books too. Here's a wiki page on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/153_(number)#In_the_Bible I don't really care for all the square-root-of-the-triangular-circle-number woowoo stuff, but the fact that It has also been noted that the ...


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This is purely conjecture, as the text doesn't clearly state, however, we see in the text: "Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people", and being that there were 12 disciples, each one was likely to have had bread to spread to the peoples. There may have been a larger bounty, but each disciple could carry only one basket, ...


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It is impossible to answer this question beyond giving a baseless opinion. We have exactly what is in the text and nothing more. Even if we had a tradition to refer to in this matter, it would be nothing more than that - a tradition - and really have no more weight than the opinion of anyone here, because of a lack of information from the text. One thing ...


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The gospel of Matthew has a lot of interesting things to say about bread. Its first mention is when the devil tempts Jesus in Matthew 4, commanding the stones to become bread. Jesus refuses to do a bread miracle to satiate his own hunger, despite the fact that he will ultimately feed at least 9,000 men with miraculous bread. Jesus' rebuke of the devil says ...


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This encounter was specifically sat up to restore Peter. He was initially called to follow Jesus after the Lord borrowed his boat. Sowing into Christ's ministry in this way yielded the remarkable catch of fish. After which Peter, James and John forsook their nets and followed Him. This encounter is the same: a calling to once again return to His work. But ...


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The Scene John didn't miss the significance of the miracle. A mysterious man on the shore had told them where to cast their net, and the catch was amazing. John knew, it was the Lord standing there on the shore! This was clearly an emotional moment -- especially for Peter, who immediately cast himself into the sea in order to get to Him quicker, even ...


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It is clear that the fish that were "already on" the fire were not part of the 153 the disciples brought. Therefore Jesus had provided the fish himself, whether miraculously or by purchasing them. At this point it doesn't make much difference, for both the reader and the disciples know that Jesus is God and has all power: one miracle more or less won't ...



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