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XIV. The miraculous feeding

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The Synoptists and John refer to the feeding of the "five thousand", whilst that of the "four thousand" occurs only in Matthew and Mark. The authors consider many questions, difficulties and explanations by the following points: The problem of the doublet, questions regarding place and time, details in the accounts, Old Testament and rabbinical accounts of feedings, analogous stories among other peoples, and different explanations. Establishing a connection between the miraculous feeding and the sacrament of Holy Communion has great significance from the theological point of view. As in the healings, it is obvious in the feeding that the saving love of Jesus Christ relates to man in his totality. The feeding finds its type in the past in the feeding of Israel; in the Church we receive its "sign" in the sacrament of Holy Communion, whilst for the future it indicates the glory of the reign of salvation.

Keywords: Church; healings; Holy Communion; Jesus Christ; miraculous feeding; Old Testament; salvation

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