From Publishers Weekly
Nautical archeologist Wachsmann in 1986 led the Israeli team that excavated a fishing boat that may have plied the Sea of Galilee in the time of Jesus. Discovered by kibbutz members on the sea's muddy floor, the 26-foot-long vessel, built mainly of Lebanese cedar and oak, has been radiocarbon-dated to roughly 15 B.C. (give or take 85 years). An arrowhead like those used by Roman archers in the First Jewish Revolt was found on the boat, leading to speculation that the vessel was used by Jewish rebels in the naval battle of Migdal (birthplace of Mary Magdalene), when Roman soldiers slaughtered some 6700 Jews in 67 A.D. Although this "generic fishing boat" cannot be definitively linked to either the Gospel stories or the Jewish rebellion in Galilee, Wachsmann's engrossing account of its excavation and restoration, enlivened by photographs and drawings, provides a well-positioned window on the biblical past. The author is an assistant professor of biblical archeology at Texas A&M University.
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"The storyline style and the author's personal engagement with it in turn provide the reader with an informative and captivating experience with the boat itself. The book is an excellent model for archaeological reporting that bridges the gap between research and the lay reader." --The Biblical Archaeologist
(The Biblical Archaeologist
"The Sea of Galilee Boat</i> takes readers with the author through each stage of his investigation and communicates the excitement felt as excavation and research progress . . . . Wachsmann's pleasure in his work is evident and well conveyed by his personal reflections." --American Journal of Archaeology
(American Journal of Archaeology
"Wachsmann sets a high standard for archaeologists who want to bring their fieldwork to a general audience. His book is a pleasure to read; it is good science, and it is just plain fun." -- Biblical Archaeology Review
(Biblical Archaeology Review
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