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Jesus Christ crucifixion nails found?
Thu, 14 Apr 2011 07:32:23 GMT
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The two nails, presented in Jacobovici's new documentary, are displayed at the Department of Anatomy and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, April 6, 2011.
A new documentary made by Simcha Jacobovici claims that the nails found in a tomb in al-Quds (Jerusalem) were used to crucify Jesus Christ.

The Nails of the Cross follows three years of research during which Jacobovici presents his assertions, Reuters reported.

The veteran investigator says this find is different from the ones he announced before because it has special historical and archaeological context.

"What we are bringing to the world is the best archaeological argument ever made that two of the nails from the crucifixion of Jesus have been found," he said.

"Do I know 100 percent yes, these are them? I don't."

Jacobovici's previous film, which claimed to reveal the lost tomb of Jesus, also sparked debate.

The Nails of the Cross revisits a 2,000-year-old tomb found in 1990 which was believed by many to have been the resting place of Jewish high priest Caiaphas, who in the New Testament presides over the trial of Jesus.

Two iron nails were found in the tomb and were according to the film mysteriously disappeared shortly after.

Jacobovici claims that he tracked them down to a laboratory in Tel Aviv, which belonged to an anthropologist and expert on ancient bones.

The nails are eaten away by rust and bent at the end.

"If you look at the whole story, historical, textual, archaeological, they all seem to point at these two nails being involved in a crucifixion," Jacobovici said.

"And since Caiaphas is only associated with Jesus's crucifixion, you put two and two together and they seem to imply that these are the nails."

Israeli Antiquities Authority reacted to the film's release, saying that it was never proved that the tomb belonged to Caiaphas and that nails were common finds in burial places.

"There is no doubt that the talented director Simcha Jacobovici created an interesting film with a real archaeological find at its center, but the interpretation presented in it has no basis in archaeological findings or research," it said.

Most experts and scholars contacted by Reuters dismissed Jacobovici's case as far-fetched, some even calling it a publicity stunt.

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