The Seine

Several types of nets were used in Jesus' time. The seine net was probably the oldest. Several hundred feet long and as much as 20 feet high, this net was dropped by fishermen from boats several hundred yards from shore, and parallel to it. Cork or wood floats kept one edge of the net on the water's surface, while stone sinkers fastened to the other edge pulled it to the bottom.


As the fishermen pulled the net ashore, the net collected all the fish in its path. The fishermen dragged the net ashore, and sorted the catch. Jesus used the seine net as an illustration in his description of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 13:47-48).


We'll use The Seine as the gathering of students for activities outside of faith formation programs.