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Chapter Three: A Miraculous Catch of Fish

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Both the third and the fourth gospels contain accounts of miraculous catches of fish, with these elements in common: the scene (the Sea of Galilee), Peter and the sons of Zebedee as participants, the catch following a night of unsuccessful fishing, the catch at Jesus' command. The Lucan passage consists of three parts, the teaching from a boat, the fishing miracle, and the call of Peter. The miracle can, as a matter of fact, be detached without difficulty from the first part: the crowd disappears in v. 4 as suddenly as the teaching motif does. The matter of the connection of the fishing and the call is not so simple, due to the presence of a Marcan parallel in the story of Jesus' call of Peter, Andrewand the sons of Zebedee. The evidence is not undivided, that Luke's context for the miracle is secondary as over against John's.

Keywords: Andrewand; fishing miracle; Jesus; John; Marcan; Peter; Zebedee

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