nets

Mentioned in the Bible sometimes in connection with the hunting of wild animals (Ezechiel 19) and with the catching of birds (Proverbs 1), but most commonly with fishing, particularly in the New Testament. In the Old Testament a term denoting the fisher's net appears (Isaiah 19; Habacuc 1); another word is used in the Hebrew corresponding to drag (Habacuc 1:15-16), and to net (Habacuc 1:17). The differences between the various kinds of nets designated by these words in the Hebrew text are not known for certain. The New Testament references supply more definite information, since several of the Apostles were fishermen, and the Lake of Genesareth so often the scene of events related by the Evangelists. Besides the more generic word diktyon meaning net in general (Matthew 4; John 21), we have Amphiblestron, from a verb meaning to cast around, thus a casting net (Matthew 4; Mark 1), which corresponds with the modern shabakeh of the fishermen on the Lake of Genesareth. Sagene in Matthew 13, is the drag net, the Djarf of the modern fishermen of the lake.

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