Are these the nails used to crucify Jesus Christ? Bone fragments found in artefact in shocking discovery

The two nails found three decades ago in a burial cave dating to the first century, is said to belong to Caiaphas – the Jewish priest who oversaw Jesus' trial


                            Are these the nails used to crucify Jesus Christ? Bone fragments found in artefact in shocking discovery
Replica of the crucifix (Getty Images)

Have nails, that were used to crucify Jesus Christ, been found? According to multiple reports, two nails have been discovered in a Jerusalem tomb which some claim were used in the crucifixion of Christ. But, it must be noted that it has not been confirmed whether the two nails were actually the ones used in Christ's crucifixion.

The two nails found three decades ago in a burial cave dating to the first century, is said to belong to Caiaphas – the Jewish priest who oversaw Jesus' trial. Investigative journalist and filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, who found the two nails in the artifacts collection at Tel Aviv University, believes it to be the same as those found in Caiaphas' tomb. The Sun reports that nails used in crucifixion were once considered to have powerful healing properties, and were therefore kept as amulets. As such, the nails may have been kept by a remorseful Caiaphas, Jacobovici argues. The man has argued that they may have been bent at the end to prevent a condemned man freeing himself.

Even though officials have dismissed Jacobovici's claims, a new study has found they showed "distinct physical and chemical signatures" of having been in Caiaphas' tomb for nearly 2000 years. The study also states that "fine slivers of wood accreted within the iron oxide rust of the nails" and "a number of microscopic fragments of bone".

Speaking to the media, Aryeh Shimron, a geologist involved in the study, said, "I believe the scientific evidence that the nails were used to crucify somebody is indeed powerful." "The evidence that the nails were used in a crucifixion is indeed powerful," he added. "But the only evidence we have that they were used to crucify the Jesus of the Gospels is that they were found in the tomb of Caiaphas. Does our evidence suffice? I really cannot say, I choose to rely on good science rather than speculation. Perhaps a reader of the full manuscript should rely on his or her own judgment."

Crucifixions in Rome were relatively rare and, to date, the remains of only two undisputed crucifixion victims have ever been found. Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the wood found on the nails was cedar which didn't grow in Israel at the time. "It is very unlikely that the Romans would use this rare and expensive material to crucify someone they considered a rebel and enemy of the state," the paper says.

Twitter users soon commented about the discovery with one user saying, "No, they haven't. You can't find fictional nails, they don't exist," while another, making light of the situation, tweeted, "Have the nails used to pin Jesus to the cross been found?" No. Stupid question. Next." Another user chimed in comparing the situation to Santa Claus and wrote, "I can’t wait until they find Santa’s actual socks!" while a different user said, "You cannot find something, which never existed."



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 

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