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.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I would recomend this book to anyone Interested In archaeology, the historical Jesus, and the world of the bible.
We cannot proof the via Delorosa but it makes more sense than the fairy tale Mr, Gibson has been pushing for several years with absolutely no facts.
The book is easy to read yet it provides the details that the author explains very clearly so one does not have to be a scholar to understand it.
The book is an interesting telling of the last days of Jesus, complete with Biblical history as a back-up. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Orly
Gibson's treatment of this familiar story shows us, frankly and clearly, where the traditional story is wrong, and why. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Martin
Recent archeological finds shed new light on Jesus' ministry and passion. The pictures and the diagrams are outstanding, especially the map showing the alternate "Way of the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by G. Francis
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I am presently reading the book. It is very good, and I greatly admire the work done by the author. Read more
Certainly Herod Antipas would have been in Jerusalem at Passover, if for no other reason than to impress his subjects. Read morePublished 13 months ago by jerry
Dr. Gibson is an excellent scholar, i recommend his work, he is very dedicated to his work and i respect his dedication and integrity to his profession, how do i know all this,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marcos E. Ruiz Rivero
I enjoyed all of the archeological information in the book, as the author takes you through the sites of Jerusalem. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Benjamin Blight
I had a chance to meet Shimon Gibson on my last trip to Israel in March 2013 and must say that he is a very nice man and a top-notch archaeologist. Read morePublished 22 months ago by E. Johnson