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The Cave of John the Baptist: The First Archaeological Evidence of the Historical Reality of the Gospel Story

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The first archaeological evidence of the historical reality of the Gospel story.

From a historical point of view, the uniqueness of this cave is that it contains archaeological evidence that comes to us from the very time of the personalities and events described in the Gospels. For here is the largest ritual bathing pool ever found in the Jerusalem area, and found in the v
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 18th 2005 by Image (first published April 27th 2004)
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Richard Derus
Nov 15, 2011 Richard Derus rated it it was ok
Self-congratulatory little man digs up some caves in the non-oily parts of the Middle East, relies on folk tales and medieval credulity to tie them to a major Biblical figure, and signs a book contract. The end.

Except it isn't. He witters on for 326pp about his amazing finds and his astonishing insights and his startling conclusions, and they're all pretty sketchily supported from what I can tell, and subject to other interpretations. And that's the kind of sentence he writes, too.

I study Christ
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Paul
This sometimes rambling account of an archaeological dig, along with side-trips and speculations on the life and teachings of John the Baptist, mostly delivers the goods.

I came across this book while researching the history of baptism, and knew right away I wanted to read it. I'm glad that I have, even though not all parts of the book were equally interesting to me. There is a lot of material here on things I found tangential, such as descriptions of churches dedicated to John the Baptist and a
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Nathan
Jun 07, 2008 Nathan rated it liked it
This book was a total impulse buy for me and I am glad that I did it. It is equal parts travel log, regional history, personal journal of the archeologist and theory about the site itself. If you are at all interested in the history of the holy land, this book is quite enjoyable.
Pete daPixie
Feb 07, 2009 Pete daPixie rated it liked it
Shelves: historical-jesus
Shimon Gibson has quite a depth of archaeological involvement in Israel. Very Taboresque interpretation of NT. No King Tut's tomb this, but with a very interesting history.
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Very interesting. I learned a lot and but it also gave me more questions than answers (which is a good thing). It was a bit dry in parts though.
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Shimon Gibson is a British-born archaeologist working in Jerusalem, where he is currently a Senior Associate Fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. He has an appointment as adjunct Professor of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Gibson undertook his academic studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where he also compl ...more
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