Jesus on the beach (Jn 21:4-21:4)

“Just after daybreak,

Jesus stood

On the beach.

But the disciples

Did not recognize

That it was Jesus.”

πρωΐας δὲ ἤδη γινομένης ἔστη Ἰησοῦς εἰς τὸν αἰγιαλόν· οὐ μέντοι ᾔδεισαν οἱ μαθηταὶ ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν.

John uniquely indicated that the early morning had arrived (πρωΐας δὲ ἤδη γινομένης).  Jesus (Ἰησοῦς) stood (ἔστη) on the beach seashore (εἰς τὸν αἰγιαλόν).  However, the disciples (οἱ μαθηταὶ) did not recognize or perceive (οὐ μέντοι ᾔδεισαν) that it was Jesus (ὅτι Ἰησοῦς ἐστιν).  John was the only canonical gospel writer who used this word μέντοι that means yet, however, indeed, really, or nevertheless.  As this group of apostles and disciples were coming ashore in the morning, Jesus was standing on the beach.  However, as in the other apparitions of Jesus, he was not immediately recognizable.  Have you ever gone night fishing?

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