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First Church Reads: Sea Fire- Tales of Jesus and Fishing

First Church Reads is a feature section of The Steeple where staff members or members of the church may be invited to offer book and other recommendations that specifically help deepen spiritual life. Please email Jake if you would like to write a resource or book recommendation. This week, we have a special book review  of Sea Fire: Tales of Jesus and Fishing written by First Church member Drew Tucci about fishing and the sea and Biblical implication! Thank you, Drew! 

by Drew Tucci on November 03, 2020

First Church Reads is a feature section of The Steeple where staff members or members of the church may be invited to offer book and other recommendations that specifically help deepen spiritual life. Please email Jake if you would like to write a resource or book recommendation. This week, we have a special book review  of Sea Fire: Tales of Jesus and Fishing written by First Church member Drew Tucci about fishing and the sea and Biblical implication! Thank you, Drew! 



Sea Fire by Irene Martin

Jesus began his ministry calling Peter and Andrew from their nets telling them he would make them "fishers of men" (Matthew 4, 18). He ended his ministry helping his disciples catch fish and then setting up a great fish BBQ (John 21). In between Jesus spent a lot of time on and around boats and with people who fished.

The Rev. Irene Martin is herself a commercial fisher and also an Epicopal priest. Her tidy little book is packed as tight as Peter's net with wonderful insights into how the fishing trade worked in the time of Jesus and how to better understand the actions of Jesus the disciples and others in that context. For example women in the fishing industry probably had a degree of independence as they sold the fish their husbands or fathers caught and likely made money sewing nets and similar activities. Was this what enables Mary Magdalene (Magdala was a seaside town) to support the ministry of Jesus "through her own resources"? (Luke 8, 1-3). Or consider Lydia the purple dye/cloth merchant - that purple dye came from shellfish. I enjoyed this book because of the historic descriptions of real life at the time of Jesus and of course the spiritual insight of a better understanding of Jesus' ministry. Perhaps most of all I love how this book brings Jesus and his followers men and women "down to Earth" in the best possible way.  

Drew Tucci

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