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Filmmaker claims to have found nails used in Jesus' crucifixion

A new movie by Simcha Jacobovici claims that two artefacts found in a Tel Aviv lab could the ones used to kill Jesus.

A CANADIAN FILMMAKER claims to have identified the nails that were used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ around 2,000 years ago.

Simcha Jacobovici’s film, ‘The Nails of the Cross’, follows three years of research by its creator in which Jacobvici argues that a tomb uncovered two years ago was the burial site of Caiaphas, the high priest who oversaw Christ’s death – and that two nails found within it, stored in particularly deliberate ways, were the ones used.

The nails had mysteriously disappeared for twenty years, Jacobovici said, and had only turned up by chance in a laboratory in Tel Aviv. The film builds on the claims made by Jacobovici in a previous film, ‘The Lost Tomb of Jesus’.

Reuters reports that while Jacobovici claims his film is relatively groundbreaking, it has already become divisive within the Holy Land, with many calling the piece a mere publicity stunt.

“What we are bringing to the world is the best archaeological argument ever made that two of the nails from the crucifixion of Jesus has been found,” Jacobovici said.

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

The Guardian reports that Israel’s Antiquities Authority, which oversaw the excavation of the tomb in 1990 before it was resealed, has cast doubt over the claim that the tomb was that of Caiaphas – and therefore that the nails found there could be in any way meanungful.

“The interpretation presented in it [the film] has no basis in archaeological findings or research,” a spokesman told the paper.