The pair of ancient, rusted iron nails were first discovered in a tomb outside Jerusalem back in 1990. The tomb housed a number of boxes containing bones, called ossuaries, and two of these boxes were inscribed with the word “Caiaphas.” Caiaphas was the name of the Jewish high priest present at Jesus’ trial and subsequent crucifixion, so these inscriptions are the most compelling evidence supporting the argument that the nails were driven through Jesus’ hands and feet.
The nails disappeared for several years but supposedly have been tracked to a forensic anthropology lab in Tel Aviv by a man named Simcha Jacobovici. He claims they were sent there by Israel’s Antiquities Authority and have been analyzed for the past 15 years. Jacobovici, a Canadian filmmaker, has spent the past three years collecting evidence and formulating an argument in support of the nails’ authenticity. The product of his labors is a documentary called The Nails of the Cross, which is set to premiere in the United States on April 20th and in Israel on May 15th.
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