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Jesus Boats


Early one morning we took a trip on a so-called Jesus Boat, accross the Lake of Galilee, from Tiberias to Caphernaum. A number of these boats ply the waters of the Galilee, catching tourists or providing a venue for a good party. On board the boat, the skipper took out our South African licorice all-sorts flag and it was hoisted with some ceremony and singing Nkosi Sikilele (our national anthem). The high hills surrounding the below sea-level water combined with abrupt temperature changes contributes to sudden and violent storms on the lake.


These excursions bear the same name as the Jesus Boat (Galilee Boat) that were found by brothers Moshe and Yuval Lufan, fishermen from Kibbutz Ginnosar on the shores of the Lake of Galilee. The boat was positively dated to the First Century BC, (or somewhere between 50 BC and 50 AD). Pilgrims from around the world flocked to view the boat on which could have been the very same vessel on which Jesus sailed the Sea of Galilee. The vessel is 9 meters long, 2.5 meters wide and 1.25 meters high. It may have functioned as a ferry boat, but its measurements also suit those used by ancient fishermen employing a seine, or dragnet, "cast into the sea".


There is no link between the excursions and the Ginnosar discovery. The boats look different as well. The picture at the bottom shows what the excursion boats look like.



Jesus boat


The pilgrims coming to see a boat that maybe, just very maybe, have been used by Jesus, brings me to a comment. Israel abound with places where something happened to Jesus, or where He did something. So, church denominations from anywhere in the world rush to build a church or monastry on or over the place. The upside is that the site is well looked after and the downside is that the place becomes commercialised. Sometimes they also have their GPS coordinates plumb wrong - more about that, in some future post.


Have a great weekend.


comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Jan 2016, 04:34
Was the Jesus boat powered by a vintage diesel marine engine, Louis?
Louis: The one was and the other not, Ray
I am well aware that Israel capitalizes on whatever they can related to Jesus...which seems a bit ironic, of course, knowing they don't recognize him as the Messiah of those Christians who come to visit. But then, I suppose every country capitalizes on anything they can to add gold to their coffers?! It sounds like this was a trip of a lifetime for you, Louis!
Louis: It was quite a trip, Ginnie. Money speaks many languages.
A wonderful mystical shot Louis!
Jesus boat looks great.
Have a nice weekend.
Louis: Thanks Richard, I am working on it.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Jan 2016, 07:09
All very interesting Louis. I'm sure the modern day versions of pharisees & scribes are only too happy to play on the biblical stories to make a living
Louis: Yes, money is universal in its application. And timeless.
I like both shots and your commentary. Did you enjoy your boat ride?
Louis: The boat trip was enjoyable. Got some good shots of birds as well.
That picture at the top is fabulous Louis, the wake is superb.
Louis: Thank you gutteridge. It had me take chances to get the shot.
South Africa has the best national anthem in the world!

Interesting about these boats. I had never heard of them
Louis: Glad you think Nkosi is a good anthem. Legacy of mr Mandela.
Like Bill I'd also never heard of these boats, but I have heard from people at our church who've been to Israel just how commercialised it is.
Louis: If one is interested in the history of all kinds in a country like that, just close your eyes to the commercialisation. There definitely was enough other stuff, that I thought was a good reason to visit Israel.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 15 Jan 2016, 16:15
What a warm welcome you had, Louis
Louis: It was special in a way, Lisl.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jan 2016, 17:01
Love the title and the wonderful pictures.
I am reading the comments of Ginnie. I remember the time that my mom was in Israel (maybe 30 years ago) the travel agency told my mom, in Israel they love to be tipped in German Marks.......Erm, excuse me?... Money does not stink... It surprised me to no end.
Louis: I am not surprised that they liked the Deutchmark. You have to know some history of Europe. It started off with the middle ages church telling people they can't lend money against interest. The biblical passage didn't refer to capital lent against profit, but taking profit from your own family. The church didn't understand this difference so charging interest was forbidden as usury to all its members. Jewry understood the real meaning. People going out on business ventures and royal families still needed capital. The only people willing to lend money, were Jews. This was a sort of start-up of banking as we know it today. The Jews so involved was called Court Jews. They became rich, but got involved in a vicious circle of life. When people saw the lender got rich, they became jealous and started to devise ways of skipping debt and the only real way that this could succeed, was through violence. This is probably the main source of ghetto violence in ALL of Europe from somewhere in the middle ages.

In Germany there was this Rothschild court Jew in the 18th century who devised a way to insure himself and his family against this inevitable violence. He taught his 5 sons well about financing. When they were old enough, he opened a branch of the Rothschild bank in 5 of the major capitals of the world. Sons in charge. With his risk spread in this way and finding favour with the various governments, who sometimes opposed each other, the Rothschild fortunes became fabulous. They also invested in other industries. This all started in Germany. The way he approached banking became the blueprint for other banking Jews. The Rothschild family got out of Germany before WW1 and returned in 1989. Those in Austria had to surrender their bank to the Nazi's and fled to Switzerland.

Point is that they were an enormous influence in Germany (and the rest of the world) even in the years that there was no Rotschild bank in Germany. They returned to Germany. Knowing all of this, there is still an enormous respect among the Jews, also in Israel, for Frankfurt and that would make the Deutchmark a hot favourite.

I couldn't pick up how they feel about the Euro, when I was there. I do know that they respected the British Pound.
this water is it warm ?
Louis: The water temperature is between 16°C in winter and 28°C in summer. I believe that it is not cold, but I don't know what is your standard for "warm" smile
Love shot of the wake, Louis!
Louis: Thank you Tom
i like the text Louis, and the top shot - excellent colours in the sky and water
Louis: Thank you Ayush. There is a surprisingly lot of blue in Israel. Apparently that inspired the blue on white of their flag.
i love the framing the side of the boat and its wake Louis... the sun flare could be Jesus looking down on you....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter, the possibility exists.
I love the top image and I like the idea of "Jesus boats."
Louis: Thank you Jacquelyn
any walking on water? smile
Louis: None, could be lack of faith ...
That sea is the most lovely blue! I really love the bottom photo!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. A lot of blue in Israel, even if it is a semi-desert.

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