The tradition of the church of St. Peter: The 1st section varies the theme
of the triumphant Jesus. The natural wonders of the feeding of the 5,000 and the walk on the water open the narratives, with Jesus’ walk on the water showing his supernatural powers and depriving any natural explanation of the feeding miracle of its justification, 6:30-52.
The subsequent healings by touching the hem of the garment demonstrate Jesus’ special powers, 6:53-56.
The discussion of pure and impure with critical remarks on the formal religiosity of Judaism, 7:1-23, leads to Jesus’ healings in the extra-Jewish area of Tyros and in the Decapolis, 7:24-37. Jesus, according to the point of this 1st section, is sent to the Gentiles as well as to the Jews.