There was an interesting article in this weeks Houston Chronicle which claims to have found the nails used to crucify Jesus (article below). This is a claim that will never be verified as there is not enough evidence. I am sure a documentary will be forthcoming, but regardless whether these are the nails or not, we should never base our faith on objects but only on the Word of God.
Houston Chronicle – Wednesday April 13, 2011
Were these 2 nails used to crucify Jesus?
JERUSALEM — Two ancient nails discovered in a Jerusalem archaeological excavation 20 years ago may have been those used to crucify Jesus, filmmaker
Simcha Jacobovici says.
The nails, discovered in an excavation of a first century Jewish tomb in 1990, have divided historical opinion.
Jacobovici’s view is set out in a documentary that will be aired on television in the United States and Israel.
A number of ossuaries were found in the tomb, which belonged to the Caiaphas family, according to inscriptions on two of the bone boxes, Jacobovici says.
Caiaphas was the name of the Jewish High Priest at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus, according to the New Testament.
Jacobovici says that the crucifixion nails were seen as a powerful talisman, that could protect the bearer in this life and the afterlife, and were therefore included in the tomb. For Caiaphas, the crucifixion of Jesus was one of the most important events in his life, and this is another possible reason they were included in his tomb, Jacobovici says.
The Israel Antiquities Authority said there is no scientific proof for Jacobovici’s theory.
— BLOOMBERG NEWS