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Ancient Boat From The Time Of Jesus

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. Luke 5:1 Ancient Boat from the Time of Jesus In 1986 AD, the water level of the Sea of Galilee had receded due to drought. Two fishermen from Kibbutz Ginosar spotted an iron nail in the sand, as they began digging they found one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries of our time – an original wooden Fishing boat from the time of Jesus The Ancient boat is now on permanent display in The Beit Yigal Allon Museum, located less than a kilometer from where the boat was originally found.You can see for yourself a genuine Fishing boat that could have been used by one of Jesus’ followers.

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