Fish in Easton's Bible Dictionary
called _dag_ by the Hebrews, a word denoting great fecundity
(Gen. 9:2; Num. 11:22; Jonah 2:1, 10). No fish is
name either in the Old or in the New Testament. Fish
the Mediterranean and in the lakes of the Jordan, so
Hebrews were no doubt acquainted with many species.
Two of the
villages on the shores of the Sea of Galilee derived
from their fisheries, Bethsaida (the "house of
fish") on the
east and on the west. There is probably no other
sheet of water
in the world of equal dimensions that contains such
and profusion of fish. About thirty-seven different
been found. Some of the fishes are of a European
type, such as
the roach, the barbel, and the blenny; others are
African and tropical, such as the eel-like silurus.
There was a
regular fish-market apparently in Jerusalem (2 Chr.
3:3; 12:39; Zeph. 1:10), as there was a fish-gate
probably contiguous to it.
Sidon is the oldest fishing establishment known in
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