Fishermen on the Sea of
These boats are built in
Beirūt, or some of the coast towns, and
transported in sections to Tiberias, and there
put together. They are made for carrying
burdens, but when there is a good breeze
considerable speed is obtained. If, however,
those who manage them have to depend upon
oars, their progress is aggravatingly slow.
But in Christ’s time the sea was covered with
ships and boats engaged either in fishing or
traffic, or carrying parties of travellers or
of pleasure-seekers from shore to shore. The
Talmud speaks of “merchants coming and going
between Hippos on the east shore and Tiberias,”
which indicates a lively and constant
intercourse of the inhabitants of the cities
on the different sides of the lake.
Picturesque Palestine, vol. 2, pp. 70-71.)
Picturesque Palestine, vol. 2, p. 71.