Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Any one of several methods of catching fish.Most fishing in the Bible was done using a net, though some was done with hooks and lines. For example, Jesus commands Peter to cast a hook (Matt 17:27). Harpoons are mentioned in Job 41:7.Three types of nets were used in the ancient world:• Small circular nets were cast from the shore into shallow water. The leaded edge of the net formed a cone, with the fisherman holding the center of the net in his hand.• A long net, or seine, was cast into the water and dropped 1–2 fathoms. Ropes fastened to the ends were carried ashore, drawn in by 5–10 men on each rope.• In deeper waters a similar net was dropped 4–5 fathoms deep. The ends were brought together to form a circle. Fishermen then dived down and brought one portion of the weighted edge under the rest. The net was then narrowed and the fish were emptied into the boat. Sometimes fishermen would tow the net into shallow water before drawing it up. The disciples probably used this method (Matt 4:18; Mark 1:16; Luke 5:2–10; John 21:3–11).
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Fishing Any one of several methods of catching fish.Most fishing in the Bible was done using a net, though some was done with hooks and lines. For example, Jesus commands Peter to cast a hook (Matt 17:27). Harpoons are mentioned in Job 41:7.Three types of nets were used in the ancient world:• Small
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Fishing In the OT fishing is rarely mentioned and did not play an important role in economic life. The Mediterranean Sea was full of fish (Ezk. 47:10), but its shores were occupied by the Philistines and Phoenicians. The Dead Sea had no fish (cf. Ezk. 47:9f to the contrary). The river Jordan and its
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
FishingFishing took place in fresh water, occasionally in the Jordan River and its tributaries, more often in Lake Huleh, but especially in the Sea of Galilee (Matt. 4:18; Mark 1:16). Fish was an inexpensive source of high quality protein and commonly served with bread (e.g., Matt. 14:17 par.; John
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Fishing. Although fish was apparently part of the Israelite diet at least as early as their Egyptian sojourn (Num. 11:5, 22), references to fishing as either a commercial activity or a means of subsistence are scanty for the Old Testament period. Because for most of this time the Mediterranean coast
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Hunting And Fishing
HUNTING AND FISHING Hunting and fishing were the main source of human sustenance in prehistoric times. Changes in climate and the consequent decrease in afforestation and permanent rivers reduced the hunting grounds and the fish supply considerably. Hunting was not practiced to a great extent but it
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
FISHING. This trade has always been an industry pursued by a large number of people in Palestine. They are exceedingly fond of fish and pay double to triple the price for it that they do for meat. Several methods of taking fish are mentioned in the Bible: (1) Angling with a hook, also called casting
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Fishing, the art of
Fishing, the art ofwas prosecuted with great industry in the waters of Palestine. It was from the fishing-nets that Jesus called his disciples (Mark 1:16–20), and it was in a fishing-boat he rebuked the winds and the waves (Matt. 8:26) and delivered that remarkable series of prophecies recorded in Matt.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FISHING - the practice of catching fish for food or for sale as a commercial product. Although the Israelites were not basically a seagoing people, fishing was an important industry and a source of considerable revenue. The Mediterranean Sea provided many different species of saltwater fish. Lake Huleh
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Fish, Fisher, Fishing
Fish, Fisher, FishingFish are a distinct branch of the created order, created on the fifth day by God along with winged creatures with which they are frequently associated (Gen 1:20–23). Paul regarded them as a different type of flesh (1 Cor 15:39). Since they are part of creation, humans are expected
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FISHING<fish’-ing> ([ἁλιεύω, halieuo]): Several methods of securing fish are resorted to at the present day along the seashores of Palestine. Two of these, dynamiting and poisoning with the juice of cyclamen bulbs or other poisonous plants, can be passed over as havi ng no bearing on ancient methods.<
ANGLING<an’-gling>: Angling, i.e. fishing with a hook or angle, was little known among the ancients. The fish were chiefly taken by casting nets, etc. (see Matthew 13:47). Compare e.g. “Then did Deucalion first the art invent of angling” (Davors, Secret of Angling, I).See NET.
Compton’s Encyclopedia
fishingCatching fishes from the oceans, lakes, or streams is not only the most popular but probably the oldest pastime pursued by man. Thousands of years ago men caught fishes in nets and traps woven out of vines. They also fashioned hooks from bone, stone, and thorns and baited them with worms, grubs,
Key passages
Is 19:8

And the fishers will mourn, and all of those who cast fishhooks in the Nile will lament, and those who spread out fishing nets on the surface of the water will languish.

Eze 47:10

And then fishers from En Gedi and on up to En Eglaim will stand beside it, a sea-girt drying yard for nets; their fish for the dragnets will be of every kind, like the fish of the great sea, and very many.

Hab 1:15

He brings up all of them with a fishhook; he drags them up with his fishnet, and he gathers them in his dragnet. Therefore, he rejoices and exults.

Mt 4:18–21

Now as he was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew, throwing a casting net into the sea (for they were fishermen). And he said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of people.” And immediately …

Mt 13:47–50

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind, which when it was filled they pulled to shore and sat down and collected the good fish into containers, but the bad they threw out. Thus it will be at …