AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Jesus walked on water, according to the Bible, but a Florida State University professor says he may have actually walked on a hard-to-see patch of ice. Doron Nof, a professor of oceanography, said a rare combination of water and atmospheric conditions in the Sea of Galilee 2000 years ago may offer a scientific explanation for one of the miracles recounted in the Bible. Nof said a patch of ice floating in the Sea of Galilee – which is actually a freshwater lake – would have been difficult to distinguish from unfrozen water surrounding it. “I’m not trying to provide any information that has to do with theology here,” Nof said in an interview Wednesday. “All we’ve thought is about the natural process. What theologians or anybody else does with that, it’s their business, so to speak.” According to the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark and John, Jesus’ disciples were out on the Galilee at night when a storm came up. Jesus walked to the terrified men, who thought he was a ghost, according to the accounts. Darrell Bock, a professor of New Testament studies at the Dallas Theological Seminary, lightheartedly dismissed the idea that Jesus walked on ice. “I’m just cold to the theory,” said Bock, author of “Breaking the Da Vinci Code,” which defends traditional Christian beliefs challenged in Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code.” “Almost all the nature miracles are challenged in one degree or another.” Other reaction to the theory has not been so restrained. “I get hate e-mail on the average every three minutes,” Nof said. One e-mail closed by wishing that he “go to hell where you belong.” Nof’s research appears in the April issue of the Journal of Paleolimnology, a publication on the reconstruction of lake histories.