Silly Simcha Strikes Back

Apparently Simcha Jacobovici actually believes his own hype and thinks that archaeologists are not taking his idiotic theory about finding the ‘nails of Jesus’ seriously. How sad. But expected. Listen to this-

The Israeli who claims to have identified two nails from Jesus’s crucifixion says that the widespread trouncing of his theory points to a deep problem in the field of archaeology.

The problem is that Simcha thinks he knows the field. That’s the chief and root of the problem. And people are foolish enough to believe him. To their shame.

Mr Jacobovici reacted by telling the JC: “The minute someone says anything significant about the New Testament, the immediate response is to scoff, not to study it.” He believes experts prefer to avoid making bold claims relating to the New Testament because it brings them under such intense scrutiny – and they resent it when others do so. He said that he located the nails after they went missing from a previous find in 1990 when archaeologists unearthed a first-century Jewish tomb, believed to have belonged to Caiaphas, the High Priest at the time of Jesus’s death. Mr Jacobovici admitted that his evidence is circumstantial but argued that scholars should criticise the IAA for losing the nails, not attack him for finding them and proposing a theory.

But Simmy, Simmy, Simmy, your theory is MORONIC! First, there’s no proof for it. And second, be serious for a minute, those tiny nails couldn’t go through flesh, wood, and then be bent to hold the victim in place. Be realistic, your claim is absurd at its simplest level.

And then he actually said

“When a reporter brings to light something that other people have lost, he should get an award, not criticism,” he said.

Oh. Shut. Up. The only award Jacobovici deserves is the fraud award for peddling the most nonsense.

UPDATE: Be sure to take a look at the excellent response of Mark Goodacre to the latest Simcha-ian claims.

14 thoughts on “Silly Simcha Strikes Back

  1. Eric H. Cline 14 Apr 2011 at 8:42 am

    At this point, one could write a book just debunking Simcha’s claims in his own documentaries. Let’s see: The Ten Lost Tribes; The Exodus Decoded; the Lost Tomb of Jesus; the James Ossuary; and now the Crucifixion Nails…anything I’m missing? That’s five chapters right there. Oh, and then there’s all the episodes of The Naked Archaeologist. Wow.


  2. Rachel 14 Apr 2011 at 9:03 am

    How does he know they’re even the same nails that got lost?


    • Jim 14 Apr 2011 at 10:42 am

      he doesnt know anything. but even if they were the ones lost, look how tiny they are. they werent used to crucify a small child much less a grown man


  3. steph 14 Apr 2011 at 9:28 am

    Borrowed from William: bull’s pizzle, milksops, insolent noisemakers. Whoresons’ tongues outvenom all the worms of Nile, jackanapes, scullions, rampallians, fustilarians, loathsome toads, obscene greasy tallow-catches, bolting-hutches of beastliness, swollen parcels of dropsies, stuffed cloak-bags of guts, roasted Manningtree oxes, cullionly barbermongers, zeds, boils, plague sores, false to thy gods, most toad spotted traitors, hogs in sloth, foxes in stealth, wolves in greediness, dogs in madness, foul fiends, brains as dry as the remainders of biscuits after a voyage, Flibbertigibbets. Eternal dimwittery.


  4. bobcargill 14 Apr 2011 at 11:05 am

    simcha jacobovici is the generic kardashian sister of biblical archaeology: he’ll do anything for a camera’s attention, even if it makes no sense.


  5. Mark Goodacre 14 Apr 2011 at 11:33 am

    “The minute someone says anything significant about the New Testament, the immediate response is to scoff, not to study it.” This is an outrageous slander. Four years ago, many of us engaged in extensive, patient, detailed public attempts to explain why he had not found the lost tomb of Jesus. Speaking just for myself, I spent hours illustrating frankly ludicrous claims made in his Jesus Family Tomb website. Four years later and not a single one of those demonstrably false claims on the website has been taken down. I decided this time that ridicule might work better. And it takes less time. And it’s more fun.


    • Jim 14 Apr 2011 at 11:42 am

      quite right on all counts mark. there were loads of folk who engaged simcha. he ignored. he makes bombastic and frankly stupid and unbelievable claims and when they are patiently shown to be wrong, he acts like the world is out to get him. he’s a buffoon. the discovery channel should be ashamed of itself for carrying his nonsense.


  6. Bob Schillaci 14 Apr 2011 at 11:35 am

    “And people are foolish enough to believe him. ”

    Some people are foolish enough to believe Glenn Beck, too. In fact, what people are foolish enough to believe is a hole with no bottom.


  7. bobcargill 14 Apr 2011 at 11:47 am

    mark, along those lines, anything we say can be followed with: #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

    for instance, jon kyl thinks simcha jacobovici is an excellent biblical archaeologist.

    or perhaps, simcha forgot his hash tag

    ( for reference: )


  8. Mark Goodacre 14 Apr 2011 at 11:56 am

    Further comments along the same lines on my blog:


    • Jim 14 Apr 2011 at 11:58 am

      nicely put and adding an update to my post to that effect


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  11. Jack Kilmon 14 Apr 2011 at 2:43 pm

    “Reality TV” has morphed into “Fraud TV.” Simcha is neither naked (thank God) nor an archaeologist. How do these people (Simcha, Elkington) acquire a title conferred only by years of study and fieldwork and a degree? Simcha is a journalist and Elkington has a BA in art.


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