Monday, November 14, 2011

Shipwreck Blog: The "Jesus Boat"

A fishing boat from the first year A.D., to be exact. Found in the Sea of Galilee.

“The Sea of Galilee will give us a treasure one day,” one brother told another. Turns out, he was right.

In 1986, Yuval and Moshe Lufan, two sons of a fisherman in Kibbutz Ginosar, were walking the shores of the Kinneret. The drought that year dropped the level of the lake lower that the men had seen in years. One brother noticed something odd protruding from the mud. An old nail. As he poked around with his finger, he found another one. Then another. More digging unearthed pieces of ancient wood.

While they didn’t realize it at the time, they had discovered a fishing boat that dated to the first century.

I don't think you could, given the decayed condition of the boat after all these centuries, find any evidence to link it to New Testament events, but it's fun to speculate.

1 comment:

ProudHillbilly said...

And if there's enough of it to see the design, it helps build a picture of the time.