About The Galilee Boat
The Galilee Boat holds great significance to Christians and Jews. Its discovery, excavation and preservation strengthens our faith and belief in Jesus.
Christianity traces its origins from the area around which Jesus carried out much of his well-known ministries and miracles using primarily the two-millennia-old boat to sail to different places on the shores.
The Sea of Galilee, Lake Kinneret
For people who’ve a burning interest to rediscover the Hebraic origins of Christianity, the historic site is a suitable go-to place.
It’s here that you’d experience first-hand the legends, which trace as far back as the first-century period.
As Mark Twain put it, Christianity was born and grew from an “exceedingly small portion of the earth”.
Events surrounding the unearthing of the boat more than three decades ago were in and of themselves miraculous.
A significant part of legends
For the first time in centuries, the lake almost dried up completely, its levels reducing to below historical lows as a result of a severe drought, exposing its silted bottom.
Even so, the drought coincided with a historic discovery, as exposing the mud flats made way for Galilee Boat to be discovered.
That discovery is a key turning point, as it enhances our understanding of the context of the first-century life.
While many mysteries remained unsolved, the discovery of the Galilee Boat is a huge leap in our efforts to connect the remaining pieces of the jigsaw puzzle.
Why is the Discovery Nothing Short of Miraculous?
Because God gave us a sign in the following ways:
Two brothers, fishermen from Kibbutz Ginosar, uncovered the boat.
In the sky, two rainbows appeared upon the boat’s discovery, something that no-one probably has ever witnessed.
An archaeologist with a rare skill in ancient ships was available.
Chassis makeup material is a mix of 12 pieces of different woods, as if to allude to Jesus’s disciples and the tribes, which make up Israel.
Galilee is an area in northern Israel where Jesus spent his final three years preaching and performing miracles, fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 9:1; Hebrew 8:23).
While the original Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic or Latin texts make no direct mention of the term “Sea of Galilee”, Christians use it to refer to a lake and an area around it where Jesus performed miracles and signs to fulfill the prophetic verses.
Messiah’s coming coincided with Jesus.
Making up the points of a triangular area
Where the Messianic prophecies were fulfilled are three towns: Korazim, Capernaum and Bethsaida.
And so, Christian pilgrims and believers refer to the area as Galilee, since they associate it with the verses in the Hebrew Bible where the words “Galilee” and “sea” appear.
And best of all, Jesus fulfilled what Prophet Isaiah foretold, his miraculous activities and achievements confirming that he’s truly the Messiah.
Yet, originally, the Scripture and literatures (before translation) named the lake according to how the local inhabitants associated it with the cities and geographical features around it.
For that reason, you’d easily come across Tiberias, Kinnerot or Taricheae, as these were cities, which thrived around the lake.
People named the area around the lake as “the Plain of Gennesareth”, since circular mountains, hills and depressions characterized it.
Since the 1800s, Galilee has served as a historic and tourist site.
Cruising the lake is one of the key tourist attraction, but visitors can enjoy scenic views.
If you want to learn more about the Galilee Boat, consider heading over to Yigal Allon Museum. Location of the museum is on the northeastern shore of the lake.
On top of it all, you can catch a breathtaking view of Mount of the Beatitudes from a favorable spot.
Nowhere on the planet is nearly as peaceful and quiet, free from hustle and bustle of the cities, than the gardens and a church around the mountain.
Here, you can pray, meditate and reflect.