Archaeologists say that evidence they found in an Israeli cave indicates it was used by John the Baptist to baptize people. British archaeologist Shimon Gibson says: "John the Baptist, who was just a figure from the Gospels, now comes to life."

The archaeologists say that a foot cleansing stone, shards from ritual jugs and inscriptions of a Biblical preacher carved on the cave's walls prove their theory. The cave is on Kibbutz Tzuba, 2.5 miles away from where the Bible says John was born.

Scholars who dispute this discovery say he needs proof like an inscription of John's name to make their link. The cave was used in the Jewish tradition as a ritual immersion pool and it was carved between 800 B.C. and 500 B.C.