Things were so crazy with travels for me over the summer that it was impossible for me to keep up with everything else. I never meant for it to be so long before I picked back up on our trip to Israel, but alas it is what it is. I left off on our first full day of touring, and it was jam packed. We did and saw so much, and with jet lag I was pretty numb by the time my head hit the pillow that night. My last blog post was in Capernaum, the city of Jesus! From there we boarded our tour bus and headed to The Jesus Boat Museum. At this point in the day I really wasn’t sure what was happening next just that we were going to see a boat. We entered the museum. A group was there ahead of us so we spent time looking at things they had for sale. I remember looking at shofars, the various juices, and foods. Then we were called to enter a room.
This is what was inside. The Galilee Boat, as some call it, appeared on the Sea of Galilee during a drought in 1986. It is dated back to the 1st century AD and while it is not connected with Jesus or the disciples, it is the type of boat (or remains of one) that would have been used during the time of Jesus. This type of boat would have been used by fisherman on the Sea of Galilee or to transport people across.
In Texas we’re amazed to see something a couple of hundred years old. It was mind blowing to stand there looking at a boat from the time of Jesus! Wow!
The boat was made of 12 types of wood all local to the area. It is supposed that this boat was used over a long period of time and repaired over and over.
I found it very interesting that in order to remove the boat from the sea with out damaging it, archaeologists encased it in polyurethane foam to float it to the fishing dock.
When our time in the museum was over, we exited out of the back to a breath taking view of the Sea of Galilee and a dock. My head was spinning. From there we were to actually ride a boat on the Sea of Galilee…
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