Boats from Tiberias (Jn 6:23-6:23)

“Then some boats

From Tiberias

Came near

The place

Where they ate

The bread,

After the Lord

Had given thanks.”

ἀλλὰ ἦλθεν πλοιάρια ἐκ Τιβεριάδος ἐγγὺς τοῦ τόπου ὅπου ἔφαγον τὸν ἄρτον εὐχαριστήσαντος τοῦ Κυρίου.

John uniquely indicated that some boats (πλοιάρια) from the town of Tiberias (ἐκ Τιβεριάδος) came (ἀλλὰ ἦλθεν) near the place (ἐγγὺς τοῦ τόπου) where they ate the bread (ὅπου ἔφαγον τὸν ἄρτον), after the Lord (τοῦ Κυρίου) had given thanks (εὐχαριστήσαντος).  There was nothing like this in the synoptics.  This last phrase about the Lord giving thanks may have been a later addition.  The idea of the Eucharist may have taken hold.  These boats were close to where the multiplication of loaves took place.  Tiberias was the name of the town on Sea of Galilee named after the Roman Emperor Tiberius (14-37 CE).  What is the impact on your life of Jesus multiplying the loaves?

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