The Ancient Galilee Boat

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In 1986 a pair of amateur archaeologists discovered bits of a 1st century CE wooden fishing boat poking out on a shoreline that had been lowered by a three-year drought. The fragile 28-foot craft was excavated in 11 days and subjected to a heroic preservation effort that culminated in it's display in a lovely facility in Ginosar. Although dubbed the "Jesus Boat" and likely similar to vessels of Jesus' time, there is no reason to believe that Jesus had anything to do with this boat or that the craft even dates from Jesus' short lifetime. Nevertheless, it's a fascinating artifact that literally gives bones to biblical stories whose humanity can get lost in symbolism and theological practice.

The Ancient Galilee Boat - Gathering onshore
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Gathering onshore
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Entrance
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Entrance
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Boat model
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Boat model
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Boat model
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Boat model
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Boat model
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Boat model
The Ancient Galilee Boat - The boat
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The boat
The Ancient Galilee Boat - The boat
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The boat
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Wood type diagram
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Wood type diagram
The Ancient Galilee Boat - The boat
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The boat
The Ancient Galilee Boat - The boat
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The boat
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Gift shop
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Gift shop
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Parking lot
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Parking lot
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Vigal Allon Centre
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Vigal Allon Centre
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Banana trees
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Banana trees
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Banana trees
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Banana trees
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Banana trees
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Banana trees
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Banana trees
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Banana trees
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Banana trees
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Banana trees
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Water pumping plant
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Water pumping plant
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Water pumping plant
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Water pumping plant
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Water pumping plant
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Water pumping plant
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Water pumping plant
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Water pumping plant
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Spina-Christi tree (Jujube - crown of thorns)
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Spina-Christi tree (Jujube - crown of thorns)
The Ancient Galilee Boat - Spina-Christi tree
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Spina-Christi tree

People ask me what I do in the winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. (Rogers Hornsby)