We Hear You -- By: Editors

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 24:2 (Spring 2011)
Article: We Hear You
Author: Editors

We Hear You


Simcha Jacobovici And The Nails From Caiaphas’ Tomb

Editor’s Note: We received numerous questions and comments regarding Simcha Jacobovici’s recent claim that nails found in Caiaphas’ tomb were used to crucify Jesus Christ; Mr. Jacobovici’s claims have been answered by ABR researcher, Gordon Franz, in his recent article on the ABR website www.biblearchaeology.org. Just click on the Research tab and go to the Contemporary Issues area to read the article.

“Thank you for this overview of the issue. I happened across this the other night when it aired on the History Channel. My first thought was that this must be bogus because there is no way scholars would just ignore nails that could have conceivably been connected to Caiaphas. My second thought was trying to figure out Simcha’s angle. What exactly was he trying to suggest here? First I thought perhaps the implication was that Jewish scholars were hiding evidence of the Crucifixion, but then I thought

Michael Luddeni

Nails on each side of the candle are purported to be from the cross of Jesus. In the Church of the Holy Cross, Rome.

he was trying to rewrite Caiaphas’ history. I couldn’t quite figure it out. I thought the oddest thing was bringing in a sixth century Arabic text in order to possibly discover what Caiaphas’ real motivations were! Come on! That would be like consulting a text written today to find out the “truth” about someone who lived in the 1400’s! But, as the documentary made sure to remind us, the big bad Catholic Church suppressed all apocryphal works that threatened to expose the truth...so this random text mentioning Caiaphas must be the real story! Talk about a perversion of logic. Also, I found the overwhelming reliance on implication and suggesting to be incredibly annoying. “Could it possibly be...” “Might these nails be...” “This could have been the place where...” Just admit that you are saying random sensational statements! Preceding outrageous statements with speculative qualifications doesn’t make for solid history! I might be from Mars, but I’m not! Anyway, I knew that a bit of poking about on the net wouldn’t require much effort to debunk this pseudo- science. I should not be shocked at the vulgarity of this, but I am. I think it is terrible to put some random nails on television and lead people to believe they could be witnessing the nails of the crucifixion, especially just before Good Friday and Easter. This is the cheapest kind of exploitation of faith. Shame on the History Channel!”

Amanda M.

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