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DEFENDING  THE  BRIDE

 

 
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Why  153  Fish  in  John  21:11  ?

Sections :

Introduction
Church Fathers : Sts. Jerome, Augustine, Gregory the Great, Cyril A.
No Reason ?
Why Church Fathersí Answers Could Not Be Johnís
Problems with Square Root of 3 Answer
Context Points to the Answer : An Explanation That Works
Archimedes : Context of Time and Place
Greeks and Wisdom
Fish
Calculating the Measure of the Fish
Johnís Purpose
Why Church Fathers Did Not (could not?) Give Johnís Idea
Conclusion

  

Introduction

John 21:11-14
ďSo Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a 153 of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.Ē 

The detail of 153 fish seems to be too specific to be insignificant. 

Did John have a special meaning by the reference of a 153 fish? 

 

ďMiraculous Draught of FishĒ, fresco on the ceiling; cathedral of Spoleto, Italy, photographed by Georges Jansoone

 


 

In Luke 5:1-11 there is another miraculous catch, although no number of fish is given.  (Jacopo Bassano, AD 1545, The Miraculous Catch)
 

The beginning of this article is based on two key principles.
1.  The simplest explanation is the most probable.
2.  Context is the key to interpretation.

And the conclusion is confirmed when we examine the question from another approach.  What can we logically deduce about what Johnís pastoral goal would be in writing a Gospel that would be helpful to the Greeks ?

Numerology ???

Hint:
Does 153 Fish have anything to do with numerology?
NO !
Defending the Bride does not promote numerology.
John described an actual event where 153 Fish  also worked as a simple metaphor.
 

 
 
 

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Church Fathers : Sts. Jerome, Augustine, Gregory the Great, Cyril A


 

Sections :

Introduction
Church Fathers : Sts. Jerome, Augustine, Gregory the Great, Cyril A.
No Reason ?
Why Church Fathersí Answers Could Not Be Johnís
Problems with Square Root of 3 Answer
Context Points to the Answer : An Explanation That Works
Archimedes : Context of Time and Place
Greeks and Wisdom
Fish
Calculating the Measure of the Fish
Johnís Purpose
Why Church Fathers Did Not (could not?) Give Johnís Idea
Conclusion

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