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Nails Tied to Jesus' Crucifixion Found?

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Two Roman nails dating back 2,000 years, found in the burial cave of the Jewish high priest who handed Jesus over to the Romans, may be linked to the crucifixion, an Israeli filmmaker has claimed.

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Lisa Z (168)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 10:45 pm
Shared on Facebook!!!

Charlie L (47)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 11:23 pm
Interesting. It's possible, but there's no definitive proof.

Carol H (229)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:11 am
noted, thanks Anna

Thomas C (116)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:20 am
Wonderful theory no doubt would be more believable if there was a contempory typewritten note attached or a receipt from the local supplier of crucifixion nails at the time I'm sure there was a Home Supply Store or B&Q nearby. It has been calculated that if all the relcs of the true cross were piled up together the effect on forests wood be similar to that of cattle grazing or palm oil plantations on the rain forests!

. (0)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:41 am
There's no evidence these nails were used in the crucifixion of Jesus (assuming that event happened, which it may well have). The tomb isn't definitively identified as belonging to Caiaphas in any case and when the article states that "Caiaphas is only associated with one crucifixion" and uses that to support the argument, it's doing so without good cause. We have no way of knowing how many crucifixions Caiaphas was 'associated with' - the records don't, in most cases, exist today. And if crucifixions were pretty common, as many believe, then it's likely he would have been associated with quite a few others.

Just because two ancient iron nails have been found in a tomb of the period doesn't mean they were used in any crucifixion at all - and certainly doesn't mean they are connected to Jesus. There were similarly bent nails found in my grandmother's basement when we cleaned it out after she died - and I guarantee they weren't used to crucify anyone.

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:47 am
Noted with thanks.

. (0)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:48 am
And I can't quite understand why the fact the nails are bent at one end is 'consistent' with the crucifixion of hands. If iron nails are driven through the palms, why would they bend at the end? They wouldn't be encountering any bones strong enough to bend iron, I would think. And with the bent ends, how could they affix the hands to the wood? I'd have to see some good evidence that iron nails would tend to do that under those conditions.

Catherine I (80)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:59 am
Wouldn't it be amazing if they are the nails.

Friday April 15, 2011, 5:28 am
As a Christian, I would love to think that these were the nails that were from Jesus' cross, but is is probably highly unlikely! I hope that I am being cynicle, but wrong!

Carol C (97)
Friday April 15, 2011, 6:26 am
Interesting. Thank you.

Jen S (121)
Friday April 15, 2011, 6:47 am
I tend to be rather skeptical with respect to Jacobovici's work. I have watched several of his films and, in all fairness, his work is outside my own specialty. However, he is prone to making sweeping generalizations, absolutely unproven assertions and wild speculation. His enthusiasm is appealing and contagious but I can think of perhaps 20 archaeologists in whose opinions of these nails I would place more faith. Again, in fairness, there is a great deal of subjectivity in archaeology, and speculation.

Regina P (67)
Friday April 15, 2011, 8:17 am
Noted. Interesting, you never know. Thanks

Brittany D (28)
Friday April 15, 2011, 9:12 am
Very interesting.

Shirley E (21)
Friday April 15, 2011, 9:35 am
I wonder if they can bring people back to life?

Deanna Shoemaker (7)
Friday April 15, 2011, 9:45 am
As usual, I'll wait and see... learn more.

Cyrille D (137)
Friday April 15, 2011, 10:09 am
Noted. We must wait and we shall see. But, if it is true, then, that's definitely quite amazing !

Roger Skinner (14)
Friday April 15, 2011, 10:17 am
Yeah, sure. An obvious Jesus exploitation maneuver. Consider the source. He produces "documentaries" to make money. Two old nails won't make him any money but, find the vaguest way to attach the name of Jesus to it and you have a winner. Pure BS.

Teresa Nemeth (343)
Friday April 15, 2011, 10:19 am
noted... who knows ... rember many cruifications has taken place during that period.

Sarah G (109)
Friday April 15, 2011, 10:21 am
I also have a bridge for sale if anyone is interested.

Deborah C (19)
Friday April 15, 2011, 10:33 am
Interesting. I am a Christian, and while there is a possibility that these nails were from Jesus' crucifixion, I think the chances are pretty slim. A lot of crucifixions took place in that area at that time, so it would be extremely difficult to tell. Still, it's an interesting story ^-^

Rosie Lopez (73)
Friday April 15, 2011, 10:43 am
lol thanks!

Past Member (0)
Friday April 15, 2011, 11:32 am
Desperately, the gullible cling to whatever "miracles", "relics", and "signs" can be produced upon demand to shore up their own stirrings of doubt. Meanwhile, con artists throughout the ages have long profited upon the dupes that make up the ranks of the "faithful." It's no wonder then that so many preachers advocate from the pulpit in favor of the Republicans and the Republican War on American Education. Here, in the 21st century, the well-educated have no need for supernaturalist explanations of anything.

Lin Penrose (92)
Friday April 15, 2011, 1:40 pm
Thanks Anna. Many gulllble people and lots of scammers in religious artifacts, as always, as Brian M said. Even if the nails were from the 'jesus' crucifixion - so what??

Jon Stewart (37)
Friday April 15, 2011, 2:28 pm
I won't believe it 'til Glen Beck proves it on his blackboard.

Tracey D (9)
Friday April 15, 2011, 2:39 pm
we need more info

Shirley H (49)
Friday April 15, 2011, 2:40 pm
This I will believe when I see more concrete evidence.
Shirley H.

Tim Redfern (581)
Friday April 15, 2011, 2:46 pm
Whether these nails were used in Jesus' crucifixion
is immaterial. What matter when discussing Jesus'
death and resurrection in why He did it.
He was not murdered by the Romans or the Jews,
He willingly gave up His life for the forgiveness of all
our sins.
Too many people argue too much about whether there is
life after death. Yes, there is, but it is up to us to decide where we're
going to spend eternity. Accept Jesus' death on the cross, and you will
be with Him in Heaven for eternity. Reject Him, and you will be in Hell,
also for eternity.
This is far too serious a topic to be joking about it. It was God's love for
all of us that put Jesus on the cross, and now He waits for you to make this
decision for yourself. If you end up going to Hell, don't blame God because
everything that could be done to keep you from going to Hell was done 2,000
years ago, and there is no reason for you to go anywhere except Heaven.
If anyone would like to discuss this further, contact me here.
Thanks, Anna, for this post.

Kathy P (43)
Friday April 15, 2011, 2:46 pm
Very interesting and many of us hope these are the real nails. But more evidence is needed. Another question, why did it take so long to find them?

Duane F (3)
Friday April 15, 2011, 2:47 pm
This is a bad usage of the word theory. This is merely an umproven hypothesis. Theory is proven fact.

Alice B (241)
Friday April 15, 2011, 2:52 pm
WHEN are people going to 'get' that the most important thing is that they *LIVE* Jesus' admonitions in his Sermon on the Mount?!!!!! I'm *not* a Christian - and it is always so mind-boggling to me that people are into sh*te like this article. If you care about Jesus of Nazareth - your 'Christ' you say you worship - WHY AREN'T YOU LIVING HIS WORDS?! No excuses - remember, also, that his most faithful servants, supposedly, were the WOMEN who were allowed to see him "rise from the dead." There's a moral there for today's world filled with MISOGYNY.

Mary T (178)
Friday April 15, 2011, 2:58 pm

Arvin E. (4)
Friday April 15, 2011, 3:13 pm
Right, ! And I have some wood splinters from the Beagle which was the ship Darwin saled upon. If you look closely you can see the out line of his face! Now I think we need to light candles in front of it and declair a miracle. I am sure these wood chips could be used to make a tea and thus speed up the process of natural selection.
The last true Christian died on a cross LONG ago, everything or anyone else are cheap wanna be's....

Julie Kirby (40)
Friday April 15, 2011, 3:31 pm
The wrists were pierced rather than the hands, less likely to tear through...

Barbara V (51)
Friday April 15, 2011, 3:50 pm
First the shroud, now nails. Taken with a grain of salt.

John Williams (36)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:10 pm
Where's the beef??,the proof ???...problem is there isn't any....only pure speculation without substance. Wish there was a test for relics, but there isn't.

Jonjon H (146)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:10 pm
I'm laughing at this. The things people will do to make history and to try to be famous. Anything to make a buck. If their going to talk religion, be truthful about it cause false teaching will come back at you.

Dotti L (85)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:15 pm
A question for the Pastor or I should send him a message thru Care2. "They " always depict the nails as having gone thru the palms of His hands. I believe that it would have been through the wrists. Nails would have torn through the flesh if the palms. What has been your teaching? Oh, I just saw Julie Kirby's comment.

Kathlene Lentz (30)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:30 pm
I don't see it being feasible. It's just another scam that this guy is using to try to make money.

Christopher Fowler (82)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:42 pm
The story of Jesus is a re-telling of myths that were more than 4000 years before the new testament was written. Take a look at the stories of Horus the younger/Horus the elder, Gilgamesh, Odin, and even some of the Greek myths.

Jesus was a myth, not that the story is not without value, but claiming that the nails that they found are from the crusifiction is just like creationism. Finding "proof" in something that cannot survive empirical testing is just foolish.

I am pretty certain that the nails were nearly as old as they say it is, but just because something as common as nails from ancient Rome exist, it does not mean that they are from the crucifix from a myth that is not able to be proven ever actually existed. Particularly when all of the stories about Jesus were written by people that were too young to remember him when he would have been alive, if he had ever existed.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 15, 2011, 4:55 pm
As with all antiquities, the word is PROVENANCE.

It's an interesting speculation, nothing more.

Jennifer B (85)
Friday April 15, 2011, 5:43 pm
If its true, if those nails are actually the ones used in the crucifixion, then I would leave those nails alone. I can't imagine what kind of spiritual associations might be tied to the nails and cross.

Walter Firth (45)
Friday April 15, 2011, 6:08 pm
Noted.I don't believe this .We don't need relics,we will always have the abiding presence of that Man who died on a cross 2000 years ago.He is with us always.

Michael Carney (218)
Friday April 15, 2011, 7:17 pm
Well, it's an interesting topic, although, I'd like to hear a lot more, before I can form an opinion...

. (0)
Friday April 15, 2011, 7:23 pm
Well said, Pastor Tim.

Past Member (0)
Friday April 15, 2011, 7:49 pm
Answer to Q re the BENT aspect to nails for hands: The nails had to be deliberately bent to keep the hands in place, as there is not enough bone to nail through. This is why many theorists claim that the WRISTS had to be nailed, instead of hands. However, if bent, the nails may have held the weight of the body via the hands.
Simcha Jacobovich (I can not recall his full name?) has written an excellent book on the Obissuaries located that may be of Yeshua and his immediate family. Intriguing that the TRIANGLE with the EYE is it is an actual, timeless revelation to mystics.

William Y (54)
Friday April 15, 2011, 9:37 pm
I'm skeptical.
1) there were many crucifixions and how does one know how many involved Caiaphas?
2) What is the evidence that the tomb was Caiaphas's

A Weber (27)
Friday April 15, 2011, 9:58 pm
Thanks for the post!

Brad Kraus (6)
Friday April 15, 2011, 10:57 pm
Sheer speculation without any real proof. A great story, though.

Brenda Towers (0)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 5:16 am

Mimi Louiso (5)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 6:02 am
I say they came from 1 of the 2 thieves... An antiquity no doubt, but that kind of provenance could never be established.

Gillian M (218)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 6:21 am
I think that these nails are as likely to belong to Jesus as the reliquaries that flourished during the Medieval time.

. (0)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 7:53 am
This isn't scholarship - this is sensationalistic treasure hunting for fame and profit. And it was irresponsible in the extreme for this kind of unsupported supposition to have been made about these objects.

And the sad thing is that this new myth will continue forever - and many will wonder and some will believe - despite the fact that it's virtually impossible for any evidence to come to light supporting the claim in any factual way.


Tim Redfern (581)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 9:16 am
I often say that I'm not your average pastor.
I'm not here to proseltyze or Bible-thump.
The way I go about being a Pastor is to present
the truth, my point of view, present it calmly and
quietly, and let you make the decision for yourself.
In my previous post, I did that, and I hope I've given some
people something to think about.
Jesus loves you, loves you so much that if you had been the
only person in the history of humanity in need of saving, He still
would have done everything He did, including being tortured and
nailed to a cross. Don't reject this love
When I was 17, a very wise man told me that we a born having
perhaps 65 or 70 years to live. Christianity gives us the chance
to wager those 65 or 70 years against eternity. And, even if Christianity
is the greatest fraud in history, it is still a wonderful way to live. If it is true,
it grants the greatest rewards in history, life everlasting in Paradise.
Call me a nut, a sucker or a fool, I believe what I believe, and in my heart,
I know this to be true.
Don't reject this Love, don't write it off as being unproven or unprovable.
Have the faith to accept it as it is presented to you. A wonderful, beautiful
life awaits you!

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 9:54 am
Far fetched and unprovable suggestion. I guess it's someone's fifteen minutes of fame or more likely fifteen seconds of fame.

Mary L (132)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 1:49 pm
Pretty big assumption there. Publicity is king these days. Anyone know what happened to the alleged grave of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and their son. Interestingly the same filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici is involved. Hmmm

Cristina M (137)
Saturday April 16, 2011, 6:20 pm
Hardly probable, sounds like good publicity though.

Sharon Balloch (127)
Sunday April 17, 2011, 4:54 am
In Jesus I have no doubt.. the that I am not sure of..

As for the myth that others died and rose from the dead before the time of Jesus .. yes some before and after Jesus..but as in all things such as the Holocaust, just because there were many does not make the ones in our life time untrue.. and just because other big boats were built in the past and present does not make the Ark impossible. I find it funny folks think that way. Right now there are at least 6 people on earth claiming to be Jesus and they have thousands of followers each..and it does not mean that the Real Jesus did not exist.

Trequl M (170)
Sunday April 17, 2011, 11:03 am
Noted with thanks.

M B (62)
Sunday April 17, 2011, 12:51 pm
Noted. I think it's a publicity stunt.

Bonnie A (76)
Sunday April 17, 2011, 2:01 pm
Good to see the Naked Archeologist again. Thanks. Noted.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Monday April 18, 2011, 12:12 am
there is no authentic proof that these are the nails used on Jesus good for publicity

Kim O (396)
Monday April 18, 2011, 4:01 pm
Noted! We'll see..... Thanks Anna!!
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