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From the Boat


(1) Mark 4:1-2 = Matt 13:1-3a = Luke 8:4
(2?) Luke 5:1-3



(1) Mark 4:1-2

Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.2 He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:

= Matt 13:1-3a

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.2 Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach.3 And he told them many things in parables, saying:

= Luke 8:4

When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable:


(2) Luke 5:1-3

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.




John Dominic Crossan

Item: 196
Stratum: I II (60-80 CE)
Attestation: Double
Historicity: ±


Cove of the Sower [photos]

Located mid-way between Capernaum and Tabgha, major centers of Jesus' ministry, this cove has been noted for its acoustical properties. []


Jesus Seminar

The Acts of Jesus colors this episode Pink, with the commentary (p. 76) observing:

In this complex, Jesus' teaching beside the sea, from a boat, to a huge crowd is entirely probable (v. 1). That he taught customarily in parables is indisputable (v. 2); that he taught excusively in parables is highly dubious.


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