The fish and the bread (Jn 21:9-21:9)

“When they got ashore,

They saw

A charcoal fire there,

With fish lying on it,

And the bread.”

ὡς οὖν ἀπέβησαν εἰς τὴν γῆν, βλέπουσιν ἀνθρακιὰν κειμένην καὶ ὀψάριον ἐπικείμενον καὶ ἄρτον.

John uniquely indicated that when they got out (ὡς οὖν ἀπέβησαν) of the boat, ashore on the land (εἰς τὴν γῆν), they saw (βλέπουσιν) a charcoal fire lying there (ἀνθρακιὰν κειμένην), with fish lying on it (καὶ ὀψάριον ἐπικείμενον), with bread (καὶ ἄρτον) also.  John was the only Greek biblical writer to use this term ἀνθρακιὰν that means a heap of burning coals or a coal-fire as well as the word ὀψάριον that means fish or little fish.  Apparently, Jesus had started a fire with some bread and fish already there.  This almost sounds like the multiplication of the bread and fish in chapter 6:3-14.  This Greek word for charcoal fire ἀνθρακιὰν was the same kind of fire that Peter was standing around when he denied Jesus in chapter 18:18 and 18:25-27.  Have you ever seen or used a charcoal fire?

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