The Galilee Boat
(Also Known as the Jesus Boat)

Want to read a (somewhat) interesting story about a Galilee Boat?

In 1986 two Israeli fishermen brothers – Moshe and Yuval Lufan - went on their daily routine to fish at the Sea of Galilee. Since it was a time of drought, the water in the lake had receded, and the brothers found a wooden object appearing out of the mud. The wooden object turned out to be an important find – a boat dating back to the 1st century A.D.

The boat is made of 12 different types of wood and is approximately 25 ft (8 meters) long and 7.5 ft (2.3 meter) wide. It could potentially carry 15 people, or even a bit more. People were a little smaller 2,000 years ago…

The Galilee BoatThe Galilee Boat. Picture by Brett Wagner.

The boat was probably used for transportation and fishing during the time of Christ and is therefore sometimes referred to as the Jesus Boat. While there is no evidence indicating that Jesus used that specific boat, it is very likely that he used a similar boat for himself and his disciples – some of which were fishermen. And, who knows, maybe Jesus did use this specific boat…

Christ Walking on the Sea of Galilee
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The boat is displayed at the Yigal Allon Museum in Kibbutz Ginosar. The Kibbutz is home for the fishermen brothers who discovered the boat.

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