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Here we go again…ANOTHER discovery that changes everything!

So I pull up my home page today to discover…that the nails used to crucify Jesus

THE nail...or just a nail?

have been found.  Incredible?  Perhaps not.  Color me skeptical here, but how does one prove that these are the actual nails used during the crucifixion?  In an interview, the Naked Archeologist Simcha Jacobovici says that these are the actual nails used… because they went (mysteriously) missing from the tomb of Caiaphas.  These nails were documented/found in the tomb.  There were two of them…so the assumption is that these must be the nails. 

I will/must grant…that I have not seen this movie yet.  However, given the history of Mr. Jacobovici I am sure that most of it will contradict the Bible in some form or another.  His “documentaries” are well known for assertions that require a leap of faith (really more heresy than anything)…so to speak.  He is after all the one who brought us the tomb of Jesus where the son of Jesus was buried with him…next to Mary Magdalene (whatever)… It would appear that this may be another publicity stunt.

On the outset Mr. Jacobovici must overcome two obstacles: 1. The IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority) has never proven that the tomb was the burial place of the Biblical Caiaphas and 2. Nails are often found in tombs. 

Really the only way he could prove beyond doubt that these nails pierced Jesus is through a DNA sample…

3 responses to “Here we go again…ANOTHER discovery that changes everything!

  1. Jeremy Skinner April 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Not really sure I’m buying it simply because of the size of the nail…It appears to be no more than 3inches which is inconsistent with crucifixion for 3 reasons:
    1) Nails were not driven through the palms of hands (although a person can be suspended by hands most likely it was not done this way.) In Greek the word “χείρ”, usually translated as “hand”, referred to arm and hand together, and to denote the hand as distinct from the arm some other word was added, as “ἄκρην οὔτασε χεῖρα”
    therefore most likely the nails were inserted just above the wrist, between the two bones of the forearm and not the hand
    2) History tells us that the crossbeam that was carried weighed as much as 300lbs meaning that the diameter of the crossbeam had to be greater than 3in (unless hollowed and filled with lead) so, the nails in question were no way big enough to penetrate the palm and the crossbeam leaving enough nail exposed to “bend” it at the end. Much less be able to penetrate the wrist and crossbeam as Roman crucifixion historically took place.
    3) Historical evidence also reports the nail or spike was 5-7inches in length

    Unless they crucified a man on a 2 x 4 the nails in question are inconsistent and could not have been used for the crucifixion of Jesus.

    • kbthejesusfreak April 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm


      So glad to “see” you here! I thought the same thing when I saw the picture. I appreciated the Greek – too cool. Robert and I both think this is a stupid farce… and thus the reason he pokes a little fun at it.

      Love ya brother,

  2. Pastor Michael May 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Here’s my question . . . What difference does it really make to anything? Anyone with faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world will be virtually unaffected by this, true or false. Anyone who is a skeptic or an unbeliever in Jesus Christ who immediately comes to faith in Christ because of a nail . . . I’m frankly worried about their sanity. This “news” is at best inconsequential in my opinion.

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