Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Latest Scam: Nails from Jesus’ Cross

There are a few things to be learned from today’s story that the nails from Jesus’ cross have been found.  First, Simcha Jacobovici is a scam artist.  He will say anything to make a buck.  Second, the media will carry any story about Jesus the week before Easter.  If you ignore all of these for the rest of your life, there is little chance you will miss anything of value.

Robert Cargill does a good job of evaluating Simcha’s “logic” and I would recommend that if you simply can’t ignore this story altogether.  He sums things up this way:

Because Caiaphas is mentioned in the story of Jesus, and the nails “disappeared” for a time, they must be the nails of Jesus’ crucifixion?????

Cargill’s citation from Billy Madison nails it.  The difference is that Simcha knows exactly what he is doing, and he is laughing all the way to the bank.

Jim West makes a good observation that the “sad thing about idiotic archaeological claims

Is that – because Simcha Jacobovici and others have so often presented unsubstantiated and unfounded claims about stirring and important ‘discoveries’  - if anything real is ever discovered very few people will believe it.

It’s too bad that there is any interest in the nails, wood from the cross, thorns from the crown, or any other silly relics.  But if one wants to take attention away from the only person who ever died and came back to life, this seems to be an effective strategy.

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3 Comments:

  • Thanks for your blog!
    I've bee following it closely for some years now and do recommend it based on your knowledge, professionality, scepticism towards media hypes and enthusiasm for real archeaology. Nice to read texts interested in facts, leaving the fiction behind and keeping the faith.

    By Anonymous Dan Sarkar, Sweden, at Tue Apr 12, 03:07:00 PM  

  • Right off the bat, these nails are a fraction of the size of the one iron nail we have from a crucifixion in that time period. Even accounting for rust, they aren't big enough.

    By Blogger Al Sandalow, at Tue Apr 12, 05:26:00 PM  

  • PS-This story is now on CNN, about a three minute piece. Agh!

    By Blogger Al Sandalow, at Wed Apr 13, 12:35:00 AM  

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