In 1990, Israeli archeologists excavating a 2,000-year-old burial cave, discovered two nails crafted by the Romans, but kept the discovery quiet. The two nails found are now prominently displayed in an Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
A canadian jouralist believes they may have tracked down two of the iron nails used to crucify Jesus to the cross.
In the segment “Nails of the Cross,” which will air on April 20 on the History Channel, host and producer Simcha Jacobovici attempts to discover why the researchers felt the nails were unimportant.
According to the Gospels, Caiaphas was the Jewish high priest who handed Jesus over to the Romans for crucifixion.
There’s a general scholarly consensus that the tomb where the nails were found likely belonged to Caiaphas. Nails at that time were a dime a dozen, but finding one in a tomb is exceedingly rare.
“Caiaphas is known for one thing only: the trial and Crucifixion of Jesus,” Jacobovici said. “He may have felt compelled to take these nails with him to his grave.”
There was also the belief among some ancient Jews that nails had healing powers “and were a ticket to the afterlife.”