Of the Hundred and fifty-three Fish
Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land,
full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three;
and although there were so many,
the net was not torn. John, 21,11
Of The Hundred and Fifty-Three Fish
To a Hebrew reading of the 153 fish
ק נ ג
The number 153, which is mentioned in the Gospel of John - as the number of fish caught at the nocturnal fishing on Lake Tiberias - appears as significant as it is mysterious.
The mathematical peculiarities - thus it gives the series of additions, or the triangular number of the seventeen, which is mentioned in the Mosaic writings more often, it also represents the first Armstrong number - can not explain the peculiar way of its mention: it stands alone, without further measure or quantities as they occur at the naming of other numbers, such as in the feeding of the amount of five thousand people who were fed by 5 loaves and 2 fish, so that still 12 baskets were left.
The number of John's fish drawn from the nocturnal lake is called without further arithmetical and narrative context; it appears like a statement that contains a special but hidden meaning.
It is attributable to a lack of perception of Hebrew as a background and context of the New Testament texts, if in the long history of the interpretation of this number the pictorial significance, which in Hebrew philology is inherent in each letter, has been ignored, whose application, however, an essential verbal statement of the number reveals.
If one writes the number 153 in the Hebrew notation, in which the numbers, above all in the religious context, are designated with the characters of the letter series, the spelling results by means of the signs ק – qoph = 100, נ – nun = 50, ג – gimel = 3 , ק נ ג.
These letters contain in the Hebrew tradition the images of camel, fish and eye of needle, gimel =ג, nun = נ und qoph = ק
The constellation of camel and needleeye wellknown from the other three gospels appears here supplemented by a third element, the fish, the nun – נ
The sign Nun in turn stands in the mystical tradition of Judaism for the individuation of man.
Why this is so and why in the number 153 the story of camel and needleeye, which deals with the question of possession and detachment, is supplemented by the Nun is the subject of the book Of the Hundred and Fifty-Three Fish.
The letter Nun - נ, which occupies a key position in the number, refers to the identity of the essence, arising out of beingness.
The symbol of the fish for Christ, which is usually explained with the Greek acrostic Ichthys = fish, formed by Iesus Christos Theou Hyios Soter Jesus Christ, Son of God, Redeemer actually goes back to an older Hebrew meaning of the fish.
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