Archaeologists may have discovered the Biblical town of Dalmanutha mentioned in the Gospel of Mark. According to a Sept. 16 report on LiveScience.com, the town is over 2000 years old and located on the northwest coast of the Sea of Galilee, which puts it in Israel's Ginosar Valley. Experts are linking the discovery of this town to a 1986 discovery of a 2000-year-old boat shown in the attached photograph.
The boat was found on the shoreline of this newly-discovered town. Could this be the very boat that Jesus sailed in to Dalmanutha after he performed the miracle of the loaves and fish? The thought is breathtaking to Christians around the world.
9 And they that had eaten were about four thousand: and he sent them away.
10 And straightway he entered into a ship with his disciples, and came into the parts of Dalmanutha.
If this newly discovered city is Dalmanutha, Jesus didn’t get to stay there long because the Pharisees, the ruling religious sect that regularly sought to discredit Jesus, followed him there and began to question him incessantly. He soon left by boat and headed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
If this was the boat that Jesus used that day, it spent a lot of time on the water. It is intriguing to think that this mere wooden boat, now over 2,000 years old, played such a part in the history of the world as we know it.