Today we went to the museum where they have the famous “Jesus boat” – a remarkably well-preserved boat from the 1st century – the time of Jesus, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
The legendary character of the boat is already developing – check out the web site devoted to the boat here which says:
Two brothers, Moshe and Yuval Lufan, discovered the Galilee boat, known as “The Jesus Boat”, on the muddy shores of the Sea of Galilee between Ginosar and Migdal in the winter of 1986. Moshe and Yuval, second generation fisherman from Kibbutz Ginosar, grew up on the shores of the Sea of Galilee- enchanted by her magic. As they were discovering the boat, a double rainbow appeared in the sky, heralding that this boat had been given to them as a gift-binding them to the boat, the water, and the earth-for all eternity.
The boat, made of twelve different types of wood, is now on exhibit at Kibbutz Ginosar. It is 9 meters long, 2.5 meters wide, and 1.25 meters high.
Then we took a boat ride along the shore of the Sea of Galilee – which is actually a fresh water lake, also known as Lake Ginosar – where the Kibbutz is.
I have taken endless pictures of the shore line – they all pretty much look the same unless you have been here – and even then, the difference between them is marginal – but the impulse to keep pressing the camera’s shutter button is irresistible – you are trying to take it all in – and of course, no single picture can . At the same time you are thinking – this is the view of the shore that Jesus, the disciples, and countless people have seen – same hills, same water sacape. The big difference now is that along the perimeter of the water is a wide swath of green. There are groves and groves of bannana trees, often covered in a burlap like cloth to prevent the sun from burning the fruit before it can be harvested. There are groves of olive trees, dates, and various palms everywhere – but only in that swath of land from the sea to about a quarter of a mile inland. The reason: irrigation. Jesus did not see all this greenery – it’s modern. The guy who holds the patent on irrigation hose has got to be as wealthy as Solomon. The hoses with a zillion tiny holes snake around every tree, every plant – even in the gardens of the guest house. Without irrigation, everything looks like the surrounding country side: barren – or in biblical language, wilderness. After Jesus baptism by John, he went into the wilderness; it must have been at least a 10 minute walk. He rose early before dawn to go out to be alone and pray: after dawn, you really don’t want to be out there unless you are prepared for it. And this is the “fertile” crescent. Enjoy the pics.