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Jesus Boat (DVD) Review

 
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A fascinating look at both the history of Israel and an amazing archaeological discovery.

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I would have liked a more in depth look at the excavation and historical implications of the boat's discovery.


Final Fiendish Findings?

  Witness To Prophecy Despite its rather overly literal name, Jesus Boat is a really interesting look at an incredible archeological discovery – as well as a look into the fascinating look into the nation of Israel. It’s a combination of history, prophecy, and archaeology that offers a unique look at both Israel and the […]

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Posted November 29, 2014 by

 
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Witness To Prophecy

Despite its rather overly literal name, Jesus Boat is a really interesting look at an incredible archeological discovery – as well as a look into the fascinating look into the nation of Israel. It’s a combination of history, prophecy, and archaeology that offers a unique look at both Israel and the two thousand year old boat that was discovered there.

For those of us who aren’t biblical scholars, the film begins with a bit of refresh on Israel. It goes through the history of Israel, and ties in many of the events that occurred through its battered history with various prophecies in the Bible. Even its rise again, after World War II, is tied in to prophecy, with “Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?” seeming to refer to Israel’s quite literal recreation in a day. To see the tie-ins with prophecy and how they match up to events in Israel’s history are interesting, but things get really fascinating when viewers are taken to modern day Israel.

After years of drought, Israel’s Sea of Galilee has seen its shores drastically receding. Two brothers, fishermen by trade, are out working in their boat when they come upon an amazing discovery – the outline of a boat buried deep beneath the sand on the shore, in a place such that it would only be found when the seas’ shores are greatly receded. Having always been convinced they’d find treasure of some sort in the Sea of Galilee, the brothers immediately summon an expert to study the boat – and are promptly told that it isn’t all that old. Thankfully, the brothers didn’t give up, summoning more experts who gave them the news they were already convinced of – the boat was old, really old.

What follows is a a story covering a near untold of event – uncovering, carefully, a wooden boats that was two thousand years old. Boats that old simply did not survive in the sea, and yet this one has. The incredibly careful excavation took years, and people from all over the world came to assist. When the boat was finally removed from its resting place in the sea, it was taken just a short distance away to a newly opened museum just perfect for its display. The ramifications of this discovery are many – historically speaking, it’s fascinating. This is a fishing boat from two thousand years ago – how it survived, it’s discovery, and what it can tell us about life long ago is priceless. Though there isn’t any sort of proof that the boat belonged to Jesus, it is of the same time period and the same type that he would have used – and even made during his time as a carpenter.

Jesus Boat is a truly interesting look at both Israel’s history and a valuable archaeological discovery. Though I wish more time had been spent on the actual discovery and excavation (the film is rather short), it really is a fascinating subject for both history buffs and Bible buffs alike.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)