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The Final Days of Jesus: The Archaeological Evidence [Hardcover]

By Shimon Gibson (Author)
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Draws on relevant archaeological findings to reconstruct what may have actually occurred in the final days of Jesus's life, in an account by a forefront specialist that draws on clues from such sites as a first-century house where Jesus may have been imprisoned, the trial site, and a tomb at the foot of Mount Zion.

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Ever since the gospels were written there have been questions about the momentous events that occurred during the final days of Jesus. Renowned archaeologist Shimon Gibson breaks new ground examining the critical last days of the life of Jesus using his extraordinary access to firsthand archaeological findings as principal evidence. Gibson explains: “The purpose of this book is to unravel once and for all the mystery surrounding the final days of Jesus in Jerusalem: why he went there; how he came to be arrested, tried, and crucified; and where his place of burial was located. There is no doubt that some of my conclusions regarding Jesus and Jerusalem may be controversial.”

Describing the events of the final days of Jesus chronologically, beginning with his entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey and ending with his burial in a tomb after having been crucified, Gibson unveils a vivid picture of first-century Jerusalem; its monuments, streets, and houses; and, of course, the Jewish Temple that was the jewel in the crown of the city. The Jesus that emerges in these pages is a teacher and healer who captures the fascination of the crowds. As a man from an accomplished and well-off rural background, trained in matters of ritual purification by John the Baptist, and as a believer in alternative healing methods, Jesus's speeches and teachings—made in the tinder-box atmosphere of Passover festivities in Jerusalem—scared the Jewish and Roman authorities to such a degree that they decided to have him put to death. Gibson 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.

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Studio: HarperOne
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.04 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2009
Publisher   HarperOne
ISBN  0061458481  
ISBN13  9780061458484  

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Archaeological evidence of what?  May 23, 2010
That Jerusalem existed? We know that. That the Temple existed? We know that. That Jews were crucified? We know that.The burial practices in those days? They are also known. What archeological evidence for the Resurrection? None. The author is only trying to make scripture concord with tested historical knowledge pertaining to the period ascribed to Jesus and gives no breakthrough evidence useful to believers or disbelievers. Its a book, but not a demonstration of any of the Biblical accounts. Gibson is making the same mistake as OT scholars when attempting to make the untested narratives fit into the background of acknowledged Egyptian history.
"Difficult But Important Book To Write",archaelogical evidence on Jesus' Final Days by Shimon Gibson.  Mar 25, 2010
Shimon Gibson (SG) is a very experienced and knowledgeable israeli archaelogist on excavations around Jerusalem & more.The idea of this book is to fill in the gaps in history of Jesus' final days in Jerusalem.Then the question is,this archaelogical evidence (AE),what is it based on?SG uses analysis of the Gospels(Mark,Luke,Matthew & John) and other historical israeli literature to give us AE to support the literature / give more insight on the last days of Jesus.The problem is the lack of details in the literature to support the AE & vice versa and where there are divergent literature views,he takes his preferred view (what can one do? / what if he is wrong?). These make some of his conclusions controversial.I would have liked SG to give more evidence on why he thinks Jesus'tomb is likely to be the one in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre(CHS) or give some thorough history how/why/when/who it came to be that the church(CHS) was built in this site.His out of hand dismissal of the Talpiot Tomb(TT) as the tomb of Jesus is interesting but very shallow.He (SG) is the one who did the archaelogical mapping of the Talpiot Tomb for Israel Antiquities Authority(IAA) in 1980 when the TT was first discovered. He, however is quite successful in painting a probable picture of the landscape of Jerusalem during the last week of Jesus in Jerusalem.He also manages well to fill in the gaps in this difficult & sometimes controversial subject.Some revision of this important book in the future may be very helpful as this AE book paints a valuable landscape picture during the time of Jesus.
I have questions: what is Shimon Gibson's e:mail address?  Sep 7, 2009
Excellent book. I have questions to ask Shimon Gibson, but there is no way to contact him. I have been unable to locate his e:mail address.
Betrayed Expectations  Jul 12, 2009
I knew Gibson was Jewish, but what I didn't expect was to see him make a frontal attack on the Christian faith in his preface. He makes the unwarranted assumption that the New Testament Gospels were written so long after the events they claim to describe that they are absolutely invalid witnesses to such events. Many of the most respectable scholars find solid evidence that three of those Gospels were written not long after said events. Furthermore, we now know that the early church was absolutely fanatical about receiving no book from anyone who wasn't an apostle or closely associated with one. I find Gibson's presuppositions invalid from the start.
Clear and Concise with some interesting new ideas  Apr 20, 2009
This is a very clear and concise presentation of Mr. Gibson's view of the historical Jesus. I was able to read this book in two days. It's a fascinating account, and hard to put down. In some ways, it's more of a clarification of historical events, such as, which way Jesus took to Jerusalem, what might have happened when he rode into town on the donkey, and what might have happened during those stories of Jesus raising the dead. There's an excellent section of ancient Jewish burial practices, and also a section on the Shroud of Turin. I commend Mr. Gibson for a thoughtful discussion of the trial of Jesus, and his fascinating presention of a new location for where it may have taken place. In addition, Mr. Gibson gives a detailed first hand account of a discovery in Jerusalem of a crucified man.

But my disappointment with this book is that Mr. Gibson gives a big wind up in a section called "who moved the stone" and then lets the reader down without having the courage to really answer the question, basically saying he'll leave it to believers to decide. And on the question as to the final resting place of Jesus, Mr. Gibson says it's where Christians say it is traditionally without presenting much evidence for his conclusions after the previous sections of his book are filled with lots of details elsewhere. It's almost as if he wants to present new material without going too far as to offend any readers. Nonetheless, for those who are interested in the historical Jesus and first century biblical archaeology, this book is a very interesting addition to the discussion which I highly recommend.

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