In the Gospels from the Christian Holy Bible, a story is told that Jesus once walked on water to join his disciples on a boat that was at that time, rocked by rough seas and winds. When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, they thought that he was a ghost, but Jesus told them to calm down and once he was on board the boat, the seas around them calmed down as well.
This was just among the numerous miracles Jesus performed when he was still alive 2,000 years ago. I remember as a young student back in elementary, that for a moment, I was struck with awe upon hearing this story from the Cathecist but immediately asked how did Jesus did it or if the story was even true. The Cathecist told us that Jesus was God and so he had the power to walk on water.
Today, we now have an alternative explanation as to how Jesus was able to walk on water. A Discovery Channel News says that Jesus walked on ice, not water according to a study on the weather and water conditions in northern Israel in Jesusâ€™ time.
Jesus may not have actually walked on water: he may have skated on an isolated, hard to see piece of ice, according to a study on the weather and water conditions in northern Israel in Jesusâ€™ time.
Doron Nof, professor of Oceanography at Florida State University, and colleagues report in the April issue of the Journal of Paleolimnology (the study of prehistoric lakes), that a rare combination of water and atmospheric conditions in northern Israel could have led to the formation of â€œsprings iceâ€ on the surface of the Sea of Galilee, now known as Lake Kinneret.
Nofâ€™s team examined the dynamics of a small section of Lake Kinneret comprising about 10,000 square feet near the salty springs that empty into it. Currently, ice may form there only once every thousand years.
However, temperatures were much lower in the region 2,000 years ago.
An analytical ice model, a statistical model and records of the Mediterranean Seaâ€™s surface temperatures supported the likelihood that a cold snap descended over the lake and dropped to 25Â° Fahrenheit (-4Â° Celsius) for at least two days, coinciding with the chill that had already settled in for about a century.
â€œWe show that because the water directly above the plume created by the salty springs does not convect when it is cooled down to 4Â°, freezing of the region directly above the salty springs was possible during periods when the climate in the region was somewhat cooler than it is today,â€ the researchers wrote.
In the last 120 centuries, spring ice may have developed once in 1,000 years. But the phenomenon was much more frequent when Jesus was alive.
Nof calculated that it may have occurred once every 160 years or less between 1,500 and 2,500 years ago.
â€œOne set of those springs associated with the freezing is situated in Tabgha, an area where many archeological features associated with Jesus Christ have been found. On this basis, it is proposed that the unusual local freezing process might have provided an origin to the story that Christ walked on water,â€ Nof wrote.
I wonder of Dan Brown knows of this new study, it would be a good piece of info to include in any future book of his.
This may truly prove-or not, something real about Jesus but like Prof. Doron Nof, Iâ€™ll leave this to the theologians, scholars, believers and faithfuls to decide. Personally, Iâ€™d rather talk about Jesusâ€™ teachings rather than waste time pondering on the stuf he did and some other details that just distracts us from doing our mission; serving the poor. Iâ€™m just amazed at how science, technology and research could open up new possibilities to us all.