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Bronze Fish Hooks

 

Date: Roman Imperial period.

Place:  Unknown

 

Photographed at Bibleworld Museum & Discovery Centre, Rotorua, New Zealand.

 

After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”  “Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”  “From others,” Peter answered.

“Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours." (Matthew 17:24 – 27)     

Boat Model

 

Photographed at Bibleworld Museum & Discovery Centre, Rotorua, New Zealand.

 

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”  At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-20)

Fishing Hooks

 

Date: 2900 – 2330 BC

Place: Left – House at Tell Agrab

Right – Sin Temple at Khafajah

 

Photographed at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

 

Copper alloy.

Cup showing Boy Fishing

 

Date: 510 – 500 BC

Place: Athens, Greece or Italy

 

Photographed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts  USA.

 

This is an unusual topic for a cup (kylix) The boy has hooked a fish and is lowering a trap to catch octopus hidden under the ledge.

Men Fishing

 

Date: Unknown

Place: Egypt

 

Photographed at the Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany.

 

Isaiah prophesied a time of judgment for Egypt:

 

The fishermen will groan and lament, all who cast hooks into the Nile; those who throw nets on the water will pine away. (Isaiah 19:8)

Wall Painting showing Fishing Scene

 

Date: 123 AD.

Place: The complex of Porto Fluviale, Rome, Italy

 

Photographed at the National Museum of Rome, Rome, Italy.

 

Date stamped bricks placed behind this wall painting allowed the excavators to accurately date this painting. It was discovered in the remains of a building probably used for commercial purposes.

 

 

 

Fishing Net

 

Date: Unknown

Place: Thebes, Egypt

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 

 

Jesus describes the Kingdom of God as being like a net:

 

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.  When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 13:47-50)

Fish Mosaic

 

Date: 1st century AD

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 

 

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28)

Sea of Galilee Boat

 

 

Date: 1st century AD

Place: Sea of Galilee, Nof Ginosar, Israel

 

Photographed at Yigal Alon Museum, Kibbutz Ginosar, Israel

 

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (Mark 4:35-41)

Stone Anchors and Net Weights

 

Date:  Various - back to 1000 BC.

Place: Sea of Galilee, Israel.

 

Photographed at the House of Anchors Fishing Museum, En Gev, Israel.

 

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20)

Stone Anchors and Net Weights

 

Date: Various - back to 1000 BC.

Place:  Sea of Galilee, Israel.

 

Photographed at the House of Anchors Fishing Museum, En Gev, Israel.

Stone Anchor

 

Date: Unknown

Place:  Sea of Galilee, Israel.

 

Photographed at the House of Anchors Fishing Museum, En Gev, Israel.

Stone Anchor

 

Date: Unknown

Place:  Sea of Galilee, Israel.

 

Photographed at the House of Anchors Fishing Museum, En Gev, Israel.