195RE: [ematthew] going fishin'
- Oct 7, 2005As someone familiar with life in a fishing community, I do not see a
conflict in Matt 17:24-27 re. fishing with a hook. Fishing with a net or
with a hook are practised alternatively in fishing communities as the
occasion demands. The bible know about net fishing as well as hook fishing
There are huge differences between net- and hook fishing. The former is done
by a group of fishermen and the latter by an individual fisherman. The
former usually demand the use of a boat, the latter not necessarily. The
former is normal for professional fishermen who make a living out of the
trade, the latter for occasional fishermen who may need a fish or two for
Given these difference, I think that hook fishing is more appropriate in the
context of the story that net fishing. Peter is no longer a professional but
an occasional fisherman. He is fishing alone and not with a group of
fishermen. And all that he needs for is one fish. It would be out of place
to use a fishing net here.
As for the allegorizing or moralizing interpretations one may give to
aspects of the story, some of them may be homiletically appealing, but we
should be careful not to make a story about payment of the temple tax into a
story of evangelism.
Ernest M. Ezeogu.
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