Multiplication of the loaves

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The Multiplication of the loaves and fish is an enigmatic sign (miracle) by Jesus, the only one that is reported in all four Gospels: Matthew 14:13–21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15. Its frequent reference in the Gospels, including twice by Mark, suggests that Jesus performed this work more than once.

This sign by Jesus indicates that scarcity is due to a lack of faith, not a lack of resources.

This work illustrates the existence of infinity, which Greek philosophers and mathematicians had denied.

It is strikingly similar to the Banach-Tarski Paradox in mathematics.

The multiplication of the loaves is also similar to an event described in 2 Kings 4:42-44:[1]

Now a man came from Baal-shalishah, and brought the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.


  1. The quotation is from the NASB.