More Lunacy and Exaggerated Claims from Pseudo-Archaeology: The ‘Discovery’ of the Nails Which Affixed Jesus to the Cross

No surprise at all that Simcha is involved in this pre-Easter nonsense.  Simcha can smell a Discovery Channel dalliance into silliness two miles off.

Photo from Ha'aretz

Could two of the nails used to crucify Jesus have been discovered in a 2,000-year-old tomb in Jerusalem?  And could they have mysteriously disappeared for 20 years, only to turn up by chance in a Tel Aviv laboratory?  That is the premise of the new documentary film “The Nails of the Cross” by veteran investigator Simcha Jacobovici, which even before its release has prompted debate in the Holy Land.  The film follows three years of research during which Jacobovici presents his assertions — some based on empirical data, others requiring much imagination and a leap of faith.

Veteran investigator?  Seriously?  Veteran dilettante would be more accurate.  Veteran hawker of unsubstantiated claims would be accurate as well.

He hails the find as historic, but most experts and scholars contacted by Reuters dismissed his case as far-fetched, some calling it a publicity stunt.

Yeah no kidding.  And at least Reuters asked actual scholars about the nonsense.  It’s just another stunt.   The report goes on to describe the contents of the ignorant foray into ridiculous claims but I can’t stomach repeating it.  God willing, the public won’t fall for the ignorance and Simcha’s special will be relegated to the rubbish heap where it (and all his works on biblical themes) clearly belongs.

6 thoughts on “More Lunacy and Exaggerated Claims from Pseudo-Archaeology: The ‘Discovery’ of the Nails Which Affixed Jesus to the Cross

  1. Chuck Grantham 12 Apr 2011 at 6:40 am

    Isn’t he such a blessed fellow, always finding the originals: tomb, nails, foreskin…?

    Oops. Strike that last. Don’t think he’s claimed that one yet.

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  2. Joe 12 Apr 2011 at 6:45 am

    remember his advisers, Univ of Hartford, Nebraska, UNC. faculty.

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  3. Antonio Lombatti 12 Apr 2011 at 8:43 am

    In the Middle Ages, people even claimed to possess a bottle with Saint Joseph’s last breath. But it was in the Middle Ages… Probably, nothing has changed so far.

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  4. wken 12 Apr 2011 at 9:23 am

    Sigh …

    The Romans would not have viewed anything from Jesus’ cross as special. It was probably all re-used or scrapped.

    I get so angry with people, whether secular archaeologists or Christians, who get into this malarkey. The only possible effect is that people will start putting their faith in these things, which will weaken it when the stuff is shown for the fallacy that it is.

    It’s all a waste of time.

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