The Final Days of Jesus
The Archaeological Evidence
By Shimon Gibson
(HarperOne, Paperback, 9780061458491, 272pp.)
Publication Date: March 2010
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Unraveling the Mystery of Jesus's Last Days
A world-renowned scholar reveals how archaeology has a major role to play not only in how the gospels should be read and understood, but also in understanding Jesus in his world.
Inside you'll find:
- the actual site of the execution of Jesus
- startling new information about the crucifixion based on the discovery of a first-century crucified man
- the surprising location of the trial of Jesus
- the truth about his final resting place
Shimon Gibson is a senior associate fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and an adjunct professor of archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During the past thirty years he has conducted numerous excavations and field surveys in different parts of Israel. He was the head of the research and scientific reports department of the Israel Antiquities Authority from 1995 to 1999.
“A well-written guide to the archaeology behind Jesus’ death and burial, written by one of Jerusalem’s finest archaeologists.”
-Jonathan L. Reed, author of the HarperCollins Visual Guide to the New Testament
“Shimon Gibson, an archaeologist with many years of experience working in Israel, presents an up-to-date and credible description of discoveries relating to Jesus’ last days. Gibson synthesizes evidence from archaeology and the New Testament to craft a clear and enjoyable account.”
-Jodi Magness, Professor of Early Judaism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“For over 25 years, Gibson, a distinguished archaeologist, has excavated in and near Jerusalem’s walls. The book, directed to a wide audience, is rigorously scientific, and frequently brilliant. It is a must read for all Jews and Christians who are curious about Jesus and his final fateful week in Jerusalem.”
-James H. Charlesworth, George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton University
“An expert archaeologist’s valuable insights on the final days of Jesus.”
-Geza Vermes, FBA, University of Oxford, author of JESUS THE JEW and THE PASSION
“Gibson’s book punctures fourth century mythology with first century evidence drawn from intimate knowledge of the great city of Jerusalem. Gibson’s background in landscape archaeology and his analyses of the physical evidence...combine to provide a provocative series of observations and insights.”
-Herb Krosney, author of The Lost Gospel: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot