Why 153 Fish? (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Why did Jesus provide precisely 153 fish? Few commentaries suggest any explanation for the number, and fewer still advance a theory of any substance.


Fishy Syncretism

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Mainstream Christianity has unwittingly embraced the symbol of Dagon, attaching this fish symbol to Christ. Worship aids and reminders are idolatry.


The Parables of Matthew 13 (Part Eight): The Parable of the Dragnet

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

The penultimate parable of Matthew 13 uses the illustration with which Christ's disciples were very familiar: fishing in the Sea of Galilee.


Why 153?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, asserting that the eight signs in the Book of John form a chiasm (where the first element corresponds to the last element, the second element to the second-to-the-last one, etc.) analyses the first and eighth signs. The first sign corrected the physical need for wine (a symbol of the New Covenant) in a joyful …


God's Kingdom in the Parables (Part Four)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Jesus' parables of the Pearl of Great Price, the Dragnet, and the Householder resolve the problems raised in their corresponding earlier parables.


Was Jesus a Vegetarian?

Sermonette by Mike Ford (1955-2021)

Mike Ford posits that we today live metaphorically in an Alice in Wonderland, down-the-rabbit-hole world, where up is down, down is up, good is bad, and bad is good. Consider the scholastically ludicrous Scriptural exegeses claiming Christ to be a vegetarian, often based on the abstraction that He was compassionate. Such …