By Kenes Christian Tours March 19, 2015

shutterstock_44207326The feeding of the five thousand by the shores of the Sea of Galilee is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels.

Matthew 14:21, Mark 6:44, Luke 9:14, John 6:10



“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. 

Matthew 14:17-18

When the hour was getting late, the disciples asked Jesus whether they should go into town to get food for the multitudes who were enthralled by Jesus’ teaching. With only five loaves and two fish, Jesus looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples who distributed them to the crowd of five thousand men plus women and children.

On the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, a fourth century floor mosaic of the fish and loaves has been preserved and can be viewed at Tabgha, the site of a modern Benedictine chapel commemorating the feeding of the five thousand.

Today, replicas of the loaves and fish mosaic are extremely popular souvenir items. The “loaves and fish mosaic” is reproduced on ceramic serving dishes, Armenian glazed coffee mugs, chalices and wall tiles, to name a few.