For faster navigation, this Iframe is preloading the Wikiwand page for Shimon Gibson.

Shimon Gibson

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
{{bottomLinkPreText}} {{bottomLinkText}}
Shimon Gibson
Listen to this article

This browser is not supported by Wikiwand :(
Wikiwand requires a browser with modern capabilities in order to provide you with the best reading experience.
Please download and use one of the following browsers:

This article was just edited, click to reload
This article has been deleted on Wikipedia (Why?)

Back to homepage

Please click Add in the dialog above
Please click Allow in the top-left corner,
then click Install Now in the dialog
Please click Open in the download dialog,
then click Install
Please click the "Downloads" icon in the Safari toolbar, open the first download in the list,
then click Install

Install Wikiwand

Install on Chrome Install on Firefox
Don't forget to rate us

Tell your friends about Wikiwand!

Gmail Facebook Twitter Link

Enjoying Wikiwand?

Tell your friends and spread the love:
Share on Gmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Buffer

Our magic isn't perfect

You can help our automatic cover photo selection by reporting an unsuitable photo.

This photo is visually disturbing This photo is not a good choice

Thank you for helping!

Your input will affect cover photo selection, along with input from other users.


Get ready for Wikiwand 2.0 🎉! the new version arrives on September 1st! Don't want to wait?