The disciples leave in a boat (Jn 6:17-6:17)

“The disciples

Got into a boat.

They started

Across the sea

To Capernaum.

It was now already dark.

Jesus had not yet

Come to them.”

καὶ ἐμβάντες εἰς πλοῖον ἤρχοντο πέραν τῆς θαλάσσης εἰς Καφαρναούμ. καὶ σκοτία ἤδη ἐγεγόνει καὶ οὔπω ἐληλύθει πρὸς αὐτοὺς ὁ Ἰησοῦς,

John said that the disciples of Jesus got into a boat (καὶ ἐμβάντες εἰς πλοῖον).  They started across the sea to Capernaum (ἤρχοντο πέραν τῆς θαλάσσης εἰς Καφαρναούμ).  It was now becoming dark already (καὶ σκοτία ἤδη ἐγεγόνει), but Jesus (ὁ Ἰησοῦς) had not yet come to them (καὶ οὔπω ἐληλύθει πρὸς αὐτοὺς).  Mark, chapter 6:45, said that Jesus made or urged his disciples to immediately get into the boat (Καὶ εὐθὺς ἠνάγκασεν τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ ἐμβῆναι εἰς τὸ πλοῖον) to go ahead of him to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (καὶ προάγειν αὐτὸν εἰς τὸ πέραν) to Bethsaida (πρὸς Βηθσαϊδάν).  Jesus stayed behind and dismissed the crowds (ἕως αὐτὸς ἀπολύει τὸν ὄχλον) after the great feeding.  Matthew, chapter 14:22, said pretty much the same thing, that Jesus made or urged his disciples to immediately get into the boat (Καὶ εὐθέως ἠνάγκασεν τοὺς μαθητὰς ἐμβῆναι εἰς τὸ πλοῖον) to go ahead of him to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (καὶ προάγειν αὐτὸν εἰς τὸ πέραν), while he dismissed the crowds (ἕως οὗ ἀπολύσῃ τοὺς ὄχλους).  Thus, his disciples went out in this boat without Jesus.  There was no mention of the number of disciples, but it could not have been many, considering the size of these fishing boats.  What is clear is that the disciples of Jesus left him alone, while they got into a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee to the other side.  The discrepancy is that Jesus sent them off in Mark and Matthew, but they left by themselves here in John.  Have you ever been on a boat?

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