Verses of John 6
John 6:1 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
1 15. The Sign on the Land; Feeding the Five Thousand
1. After these things ] See on Joh 5:1. How long after we cannot tell; but if the feast in Joh 5:1 is rightly conjectured to be Purim, this would be about a month later in the same year, which is probably a.d. 29. But S. John is not careful to mark the precise interval between the various scenes which he gives us. Comp. the indefinite transitions from the First Passover to Nicodemus, Joh 2:23, Joh 3:1; from Nicodemus to the Baptist’s discourse, Joh 3:22; Joh 3:25; from that to the scene at Sychar Joh 4:1-4; &c., &c. The chronology is doubtless correct, but it is not clear: chronology is not what S. John cares to give us. The historical connexion with what precedes is not the same in the four accounts. Here it is in connexion with the miracles at Bethesda and probably after the death of the Baptist (see on Joh 5:25): in S. Matthew it is in connexion with the death of the Baptist: in S. Mark and S. Luke it is after the death of the Baptist, but in connexion with the return of the Twelve. The notes on Mat 14:13-21; Mar 6:40-44, and Luk 9:10-17 should be compared throughout.
went over the sea of Galilee ] To the eastern or north-eastern shore. The scene shifts suddenly from Judaea (Joh 5:18) to Galilee; but we are told nothing about the transit.
which is the sea of Tiberias ] (Here, Joh 6:23 and Joh 21:1 only). Added to describe the sea more exactly, especially for the sake of foreign readers. Another slight indication that this Gospel was written outside Palestine: inside Palestine such minute description would be less natural. Perhaps we are to understand that the southern half of the lake is specially intended; for here on the western shore Tiberias was situated. The name Tiberias is not found in the first three Gospels. The town was built during our Lord’s life time by Herod Antipas, who called it Tiberias out of compliment to the reigning Emperor; one of many instances of the Herods paying court to Rome. Comp. Bethsaida Julias, where this miracle took place, called Julias by Herod Philip after the infamous daughter of Augustus. The new town would naturally be much better known and more likely to be mentioned when S. John wrote than when the earlier Evangelists wrote.
We here enter on the second portion of the first main division of the Gospel, thus subdivided: The Work (1) among Jews, (2) among Samaritans, (3) among Galileans, (4) among mixed multitudes.
Verses of John 6
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