fish

fish

Aquatic gilled animals. The Bible takes fish and fishing for granted and makes no distinction between fresh- and saltwater fish, access to both of which was readily available in certain parts of the country. The major saltwater fish sources were the long coast of the Mediterranean Sea and the waters of the Gulf of Aqabah. The primary source of freshwater fish was the Sea of Galilee and some of the reaches of the Jordan River. Levitical law considered fish with fins and scales to be clean, but others unclean (Lev 11:9-12). Catfish were thus spurned among the freshwater species, along with saltwater eels, sharks, rays, and lampreys. Methods of catching fish include dragnet (John 21:8), angling with hook (Job 41:1; Amos 4:2; Matt 17:27), harpoons and spears (Job 41:7), and thrown hand nets (Matt 4:18).

Lev 11:9-12

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John 21:8

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Job 41:1

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Amos 4:2

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Matt 17:27

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Job 41:7

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Matt 4:18

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