- "Scholar, writer, reasearcher, an amazing man"
are some of the words that have been used to describe David Jeffry
Gibson. From his early childhood David was facinated with the
stories of the Old Testament, and with the new science of archeology.
Bound to his wheelchair by cripling polio he ran his accounting
business, raised a family, wrote numerous books and articles,
and corresponded with some of the great "thinking men"
of his day. David's passion was the Old Tesament, and in this
field he excelled where others sometimes struggled. His passion
for archeology and chronology aided him in grasping the "big
picture." When he died in 1964 he left behind several unpublished
manuscripts, boxes filled with notes, charts and articles, and
shelves of excellent books.
- David started life in England, and then moved to South Africa
and then the United States with his father, Arthur Henry Gibson,
who worked as an inventor for Ingersol Rand. When he was 12 years
old, David contacted polio while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean
off the coast of New Jersey. Once the family moved to a prairie
farm near Holden Alberta, David did the bookkeeping for the venture,
and spent the rest of his time pursuing his hobby, researching
the Old Testament and Middle Eastern archeology. Several years
later David married a German girl, Hattie Muller, and together
they moved to the nearby town of Wainwright. Here David opened
an accounting office, a store, and other businesses. He was also
active in the founding of the "Gospel Mission" church
and the "Servicemen's Center" for soldiers from the
nearby army base. Since polio tied him to his wheel chair and
desk, he spent considerable time pursuing Holy Land studies,
narrowing down his field of interest to a number of topics. One
of his special passions was trying to reconstruct the situation
in the Middle East in Pre-patriarchal and patriarchal times.
Of special interest are his Bible Atlas
of early times, chronologies if Solomon-Hezekiah,
Isaiah, and Jeremiah,
as well as his geographical concordance. Bible students will
find his theories about the Hyksos,
Eden, and the location of Tarsish to
be of importance.