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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.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Author has good writing style that's easy to follow.
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.
I would recomend this book to anyone Interested In archaeology, the historical Jesus, and the world of the bible.
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 3 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 4 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 11 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 12 months ago by Benjamin Blight
My wife and I recently toured Israel and Jerusalem.
It was very interesting to read how the archalogical
evidence overturns traditional sites in Jerusalem. Read more
Even before I bought this book I knew that the author is not a Christian what I did not know is that he considers Christians as idiots for believing what they believe. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by frenchy
The Authors English is at High School level. The book needs much more Archaeological information, couldn't read it fast enough. Guess the price tells it all.Published on August 11, 2011 by Bill S
Christian debates emphasize Sunday as the day on which Jesus was resurrected. Arguments ignore all evidence and cite only Mark 16:9. Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by GERALD