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                                    GALILEE BOAT

The Galilee Boat, also known as the “Jesus Boat”, was discovered in January 1986. During a major drought at the Sea of Galilee, two brothers noticed a distinct oval shape in the recently-revealed mud. The brothers reported that when they found the boat, a double rainbow appeared in the sky. Representatives of the Israel Department of Antiquities, who were also noting the emergence of previously unknown harbors along the drought-stricken shoreline, confirmed that it was the remains of an ancient fishing vessel.

The subsequent archaeological dig was undertaken by the Antiquities Authority. Pulling the boat from the mud without damaging it — yet quickly enough to extract it before the water rose again — was a delicate process, lasting 12 days and nights. The boat then had to be submerged in a chemical bath for 7 years before it could be displayed. The boat has been dated to the 1st century AD based on pottery and nails found in association with the boat, radiocarbon dating, and hull construction techniques. Evidence of repeated repairs indicates the boat was used for several decades, perhaps nearly a century. When it was considered beyond repair, all useful wooden parts were removed and the remaining hull sunk to the bottom of the lake.

The Galilee Boat is apparently the type of boat that was used on the Sea of Galilee for both fishing and transportation across the lake. It is likely that this sort of boat was used by Jesus and his disciples, many of whom were fishermen. Boats played a large role in Jesus life and ministry — they are mentioned 50 times in the Gospels!
 
     



 

34" long. Decayed version  (second row)      $990     s&h is $70      

28" long x 26" tall x 8" wide.  Natural wood color (first row)  Commissioned by a museum and not for sale