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Title: Ichthys ed opsarion in Gv 21,1-14
Subtitle: Semplice variazione lessicale o differenza con valore simbolico?
Author(s): PITTA, Antonio
Volume: 71 Issue: 3 Date: 1990
In John 21,1-14 the use of ichthys and opsarion is surprising since both refer to fish. Only a symbolic reading of the pericope is able to see the value of the variation and the meaning of John 21,1-14. Ezek 47,1-12 constitutes the fundamental background of the passage: in the light of the oracle of the eschatological temple we see the meaning of the right side of the boat and the number one hundred and fifty-three for the fish, which corresponds by gematria to the spring of Eglayim. Thus, while opsarion designates simply the material fish, ichthys refers to the redeemed who enter into the unbroken net.