Danny Friedman, courtesy of the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums

ON THE COVER: Hoisted gently by a crane, a small fishing boat—2,000 years old—is lifted to shore from the shimmering Sea of Galilee. Protective polyurethane encases the fragile timbers. In “The Galilee Boat—2,000-Year-Old Hull Recovered Intact,” marine archaeologist Shelley Wachsmann describes his race against the clock to rescue from the bottom of the sea a boat that may well resemble those used by Jesus and his disciples.