John 6:23

23 By now boats from Tiberias had pulled up near where they had eaten the bread blessed by the Master.

John 6:23 Meaning and Commentary

John 6:23

Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias
A city by the sea side, built by Herod, and called so in honour of Tiberius Caesar; though the Jews give a different etymology of it; they say, it is the same with Rakkath, ( Joshua 19:35 ) , and that it was a fortified place from the days of Joshua, and that on one side, (htmwx hmy) , "the sea was its wall" F4: and so Jonathan the Targumist on ( Deuteronomy 3:17 ) says, that Tiberias was near the sea of salt: this place became famous for many of the wise men that lived here; here was a famous university, and here the Misna and Jerusalem Talmud were written; and here the sanhedrim sat, after it removed from Jerusalem:

nigh unto the place where they did eat bread;
where the day before they had been fed in so miraculous a manner: the meaning is, either that Tiberias was near to the place where the miracle was wrought, or the boats from Tiberias came near that place, and both were true: so that these men that were waiting by the sea side, had an opportunity of going over in these boats in quest of Christ, to whom they were now become greatly attached, by feeding them in so wonderful a manner:

after that the Lord had given thanks;
which clause is added to show, that the multiplication of the bread, and the refreshment the men had by it, were owing to the power of Christ, and his blessing it; though this is wanting in Beza's most ancient copy, and in some others.


F4 T. Bab. Megilla, fol. 5. 2. & Hieros. Megilla, fol. 70. 1.

John 6:23 In-Context

21 So they took him on board. In no time they reached land - the exact spot they were headed to.
22 The next day the crowd that was left behind realized that there had been only one boat, and that Jesus had not gotten into it with his disciples. They had seen them go off without him.
23 By now boats from Tiberias had pulled up near where they had eaten the bread blessed by the Master.
24 So when the crowd realized he was gone and wasn't coming back, they piled into the Tiberias boats and headed for Capernaum, looking for Jesus.
25 When they found him back across the sea, they said, "Rabbi, when did you get here?"
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