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.

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