Dictionary of Ichthyology  

loaves and fishes = a miracle performed by Jesus when preaching to a crowd of thousands who grew hungry and needed to be fed. Only five loaves and two fishes were available but Jesus blessed the food and then commanded his disciples to distribute it among the people. The food continued to appear undiminished and after everyone had eaten and was satisfied, twelve baskets of food remained.

Mosaic in the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves und the Fishes at Tabgha near the Sea of Galilee,Yam Kinneret, Israel. Jesus fed 5000 pilgrims here (Matthew 14,13), from Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tabgha_Church_Mosaic_Israel.jpg

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