Crucifixion Of Jesus – What Happened To The Nails?

Crucifixion Of Jesus – Are These The Holy Nails?

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia around 30 nails have been venerated as nails used in the crucifixion of Jesus. However others believe that only 3 or 4 nails were used to crucify Jesus. Legend has it that Constantine’s mother gave her son a portion of the crucifixion nails. A few of these nails were said to have been embedded in his helmet and the bridle of his horse to protect him from harm. .
One of the “Holy Nails” is said to have been used in making the Iron Crown of Lombardy, an antique circlet kept in a cathedral outside Milan. (1)

This is one account regarding the “Holy Nails” from the crucifixion of Jesus.


(Fig 1) Holy Nails

There is another account.

Simcha Jacobovici the host and producer of the Channel series “Secrets of Christianity” is said to have stumbled across something that amazed him. It seems that in 1990 an Israeli archeologists digging at a 2,000-year-old burial cave revealed two nails made by the Romans, but kept the discovery quiet.

However the two ossuaries that were excavated from the burial cave were publicized. These ossuaries bore the inscriptions “Caiaphas” and “Joseph son of Caiaphas.” The second was an intricately decorated ossuary is now housed in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem after touring the world.

Caiaphas Ossuary - Israel Museum

(Fig 2) The ossuary of Caiaphas

We know from the Bible that Caiaphas was the high priest who was instrumental to the crucifixion of Jesus. Scholars seem to agree that the Caiaphas ossuary is of the high priest. As such the nails excavated from this tomb must be of greater significance than meets the eye.

Popular opinion is that these nails are the nails used to crucify Jesus. At the request of Jacocovici, Israel Hershkovitz, a forensic anthropologist at Tel Aviv University located the nails initially thought to have been misplaced.

Since the two nails were without the original packaging, Hershkovitz could not confirm if these were the two nails from the Caiaphas tomb. But he knew for certain that they came from the IAA (Israeli Antiquities Authority).

Jacobovici compared these nails with an only specimen of a nail used in a crucifixion. The nails looked rather similar, except that they were slightly less in length.


(Fig 3) The nail of a crucified man

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(Fig 1) The Holy Nails Override=in

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