How the Discovery of the First-century Galilean Boat Confirmed the Accounts of the Gospel and Josephus Flavius

It wasn’t clear how many people steered the first-century Galilean watercraft for many centuries until 1986. The Gospel books gave us accounts, but they left us to guess crew size and passenger capacity. The boat’s discovery has illuminated us, and now we’re certain that a maximum of five people steered the boat. The Gospel accounts indicate that the boat accommodates more than five people, but Josephus Flavius confirms this by indicating that the boat can accommodate around 15 people.

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Could the Judean Woman Suffering From Chronic Bleeding Have Touched the “hem” of Jesus’s Garment to get Healed?

While Jesus’s actions may seem to have violated the Mosaic Law (or Jewish traditions), if the woman who suffered from chronic bleeding touched the “hem” or tassel of His garment, then the ancient laws and the covenant held great significance in her healing. The books of Numbers and Deuteronomy give a biblical context of the tassel. This part holds great significance, and it’s possible that, had the woman touched a different part, she couldn’t have healed.

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Understanding Jesus’s Miracles and Faith From a Hebrew Perspective

There are three chief reasons why the actions of the Judean woman to touch Jesus’s garment were controversial – and revolutionary. For one, it’s against the custom of Judea for a man to touch and talk to a woman who isn’t clearly his mother, daughter or wife. Second, the Judean society is male-dominated, and so the treatment of men and women isn’t equal. Third, lepers are social outcasts in the society.

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The First-Century Galilean Boat Controversy Settled – How Archaeologists Preserved and Packaged the Precious Finding

Archaeology has helped us to solve controversies, and that was the case with the Galilean boat. Until 1986, none of us, for sure, knew exactly how the boat looked like and how many people it could accommodate. Fast forward to today, thanks to cautious excavation and preservation, we can be thankful that the two-millennia-old debate has been solved.

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The ‘Sea’ of Galilee – A Sacred Lake Within the Holy Land of Israel

The areas around the shores of the Sea of Galilee are among the most fertile and holiest on earth. This is especially more so in the northwestern shores of the lake – Biq ‘at Ginosar. Every plant species you can think of grows here. In addition, lots of miracles and historic events have occurred here. What’s even more confusing is how Jesus spent his entire time preaching gospel within an area around the lake whose radius is no longer than three miles.

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How Archaeologists Discovered and Excavated the Famous Galilean Boat

The issue of how the boat Jesus and his Disciples used for fishing and preaching the Gospel looked like and how many people it carried had been debatable for centuries. For sure, no-one knew how exactly the boat looked like, even during the renaissance and enlightenment periods. However, all that was to change in January 1986.

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