Shimon Gibson

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Shimon Gibson is a British-born archaeologist living in North Carolina, where he is a Professor of Practice in the Department of History at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.[1]


Gibson was the lead archaeologist excavating a wilderness cave he associated with John the Baptist in 2000 and later wrote The Cave of John the Baptist.[2] Such claim has been criticized by other scholars and, according to Hershel Shanks, "few, if any, scholars in Israel think this cave has anything to do with John the Baptist".[3][4][5] He later led a team that found a 10-line ritual cup at Mount Zion.[6][7]

He is the editor of The Illustrated Dictionary & Concordance of the Bible[8] and was co-editor with Avraham Negev of the Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land.[9] In his The Final Days of Jesus: The Archaeological Evidence (2009)[10] he advanced the theory that Jesus was killed for acts of healing.[11]

Gibson has appeared in a number of biblical archaeology documentaries.[12]


  1. ^ "Dr. Shimon Gibson | Department of History | UNC Charlotte". University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
  2. ^ "The Cave of John the Baptist", Biblical Archaeology Society
  3. ^ Shanks, Hershel (24 August 2015). "John the Baptist's Cave? The evidence is thin". The BAS Library. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  4. ^ McIntosh, Kenneth (September 2005). The Controversial World of Biblical Archaeology: Tomb Raiders, Fakes, and Scholars. Mason Crest Publishers. ISBN 978-1-59084-983-5.
  5. ^ Zias, Joe. "John the Baptist or Lazarus, the patron saint of leprosy?". Revue Biblique.
  6. ^ Bible-Era Mystery Vessel Found -- Code Stumps Experts
  7. ^ Shimon Gibson - Director
  8. ^ Archeologists: Shimon Gibson
  9. ^ Negev, Avraham; Gibson, Shimon, eds. (2001). Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land. New York and London: Continuum. ISBN 0-8264-1316-1. Retrieved 26 July 2021. (Snippet view).
  10. ^ Shimon Gibson from HarperCollins Publishers (HarperOne, 2009)
  11. ^ Why Was Jesus Killed? Shimon Gibson’s Take Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ IMDB Shimon Gibson