Blessing of the fish (Mk 8:7-8:7)

“They also had

A few small fish.

After blessing them,

Jesus ordered

That these also

Should be distributed.”


καὶ εἶχαν ἰχθύδια ὀλίγα· καὶ εὐλογήσας αὐτὰ εἶπεν καὶ ταῦτα παρατιθέναι.


This is unique to MarkMatthew, chapter 15:36 included the fish with the bread.  However, Mark treated them separately.  However, he had the similar process to that of the loaves of bread, but there was no mention of breaking the fish into small pieces.  Mark said that they also had a few small fish (καὶ εἶχαν ἰχθύδια ὀλίγα).  Jesus merely blessed them (καὶ εὐλογήσας αὐτὰ).  Then he said that these also should be distributed or set before the people there (καὶ ταῦτα παρατιθέναι).

Seven loaves (Mt 15:34-15:34)

“Jesus asked them.

‘How many loaves have you?’

They said.


And a few small fish.’”


καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς Πόσους ἄρτους ἔχετε; οἱ δὲ εἶπαν Ἑπτά, καὶ ὀλίγα ἰχθύδια.


Mark, chapter 8:5, has a similar statement about the 7 loaves of bread.  Jesus asked his disciples (καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς) how many loaves of bread that they had (Πόσους ἄρτους ἔχετε).  They responded that they had 7 loaves (οἱ δὲ εἶπαν Ἑπτά) and a few small fish (καὶ ὀλίγα ἰχθύδια).  The earlier multiplication of bread in chapter 14:17 had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.