The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like a Seine

by Mendel Nun [1918-2010]        
November 1, 1989

The dragnet or seine is the oldest type of fishing net, and its use was once the most important fishing method on the Sea of Galilee. In the Hebrew Scriptures and the Talmud it is called חֵרֶם (ḥērem), and in Greek σαγήνη (sagēnē), from which the word “seine” is derived. Sources such as Egyptian tomb paintings dating from the third millennium B.C.E. suggest that this fishing method was widely used in ancient times throughout the countries of the East.

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