The crucifixion nails of Jesus: found?

Two things happen at Christmas and Easter. First, people who never go to church all year long show up for a Sunday service (like Donald Trump). Second, some hack “scholar” announces some new, shocking research, often in conjunction with the Discovery Channel, on the details of Jesus’ birth or crucifixion/resurrection.

This Easter is no different. Look for the parking lot of your local church to be full on Easter Sunday and look no further for a publicity stunt masquerading as legitimate research concerning Jesus’ crucifixion.

It seems the nails used to crucify Jesus have been found or at least that is what a “controversial filmmaker” is saying. CNN called him that. I would call Simcha Jacobovici a crackpot who is capable only of shoddy work, but that’s just me … and various actual scholars and archeologists.

They’ve got to be in here somewhere, right? Photo from by Nate Brelsford

Jacobovici, following in the footsteps of “great” conspiracy theorists everywhere, posits some outlandish theories that have no basis in actual facts, only subjective conjecture, and then sits back and says it is up to scholars and scientists to prove him wrong. How about this theory – Jacobovici perpetuates historical fraud for the sake of money. Now prove me wrong.

Two nails were found in the tomb of a first century man named Caiaphas. It seems likely that this was the same Caiaphas who was instrumental in the crucifixion of Jesus. This much is accepted by most archeologists.

However, Jacobovici takes this piece of general information and twists it beyond recognition. He claims that these nails could be the nails that were used to crucify Jesus. Okay, sure. They could also be the nails in house he used to hang his priest robe on. There is no proof. There is only two nails, which Jacobovici stretches out to be some huge theory.

Why don’t I trust Jacobovici to be an accurate arbiter of archeological information? For starters, he has no training in this field. Even though History Channel has given him his own show, Jacobovici has his undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master of Arts in International Relations. Secondly, he is a documentarian whose most frequent subject is controversial religious/archaeological topics.

Jacobovici has a vested interest in pumping up interest in these conspiracy theories because they make him money. He is financially successful when these types of ideas are in the public eye – more DVD sales and higher visibility for his TV show.

There is a reason why the Israeli Antiquities Authority gave faint praise to the Jacobovici the filmmaker, but criticism to Jacobovici the archaeologist.

“The talented director Simcha Jacobovici has undoubtedly made an interesting film based on a real archeological discovery, but the analysis presented in it has no relation to that find or to the archeological research.” (emphasis mine)

In other words, “Sure, it might all sound interesting and plausible, but no actual research lends any credence to the wild theories Jacobovici is trying to push … yet again.”

Have the nails used to crucify Jesus been found? Probably not, but we have found the same thing we find every year at this time – publicity hounds trying to capitalize on the ignorance and gullible nature of many, including the news media.

Jesus threw the greedy opportunists out of the temple. Somebody needs to throw them out of the archaeological digs.

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