National Geographic : 1940 Dec
The National Geographic Magazine ci) Jonn U. wnltng Galilee Fishermen Like Unto Those of New Testament Days From such everyday scenes as this, Jesus drew many of his parables. "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind" (Matt. 13:47). The first Disciples were Galilee fishermen. These men don short coats when coming ashore. "When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him (for he was naked) and did cast himself into the sea" (John 21:7). But how deceitful looks often are! Never could one wish for a more delightful com panion-sagacious, merry, cheerful under strain, and exhibiting extraordinary stamina. During the early military occupation of Pales tine in the First World War, our children had adopted the name "Padre" for all military chaplains, so throughout the trip Mr. Boggis was "Padre." The Crossroads at Nazareth One bright autumn morning-for all but a few winter days are bright in Palestine we packed our few belongings into a car and whisked through Judaea and Samaria. The day was still young as we reached the cross roads at Nazareth, and I sped west to Haifa to get the canoes, of the faltboat type, out of customs.* The others continued east to Tiberias and north to Tabigha, at the upper end of the Sea of Galilee (map, page 784). Late evening found me at Tabigha and crack of dawn under the palm trees with the boys, puzzling out the translation of direc tions for assembling the canoes. Working as if doing a picture puzzle, we finally got both the dismantled canoes together. These rub ber-covered, wood-ribbed craft, when assem- bled, were as rigid and firm as a wooden canoe, but later we found that in rough water they were fortunately supple (page 798). Too excited to let a moment pass, we car ried the canoes down to the lake and set out along the north shore, Spafford taking Padre in his canoe, John and I leading in the other. A short paddle eastward brought us to Tell Hfim, not without reason identified by some students with Capernaum, the home of Jesus after he left Nazareth t (Matt. 4:13). Where Jesus May Have Taught In this hill the Franciscan Fathers have bared, by excavation over a long period, the basalt remains of a city-columns, a large public olive crusher and oil press, many smaller olive and wine presses for home use, and stone water pots (John 2:6-7). These homely remains are usually passed *See "Entering the Front Doors of Medieval Towns (in a folding boat)," by Cornelia Stratton Parker, in THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE for March, 1932. t The New Testament name means "Village of Na hum (consolation)"; the Arabic word "Tell" or "Tel" indicates an artificial hill covering ruins and is identi cal in Biblical Hebrew.