Two Roman nails dating back 2,000 years, found in the burial cave of the Jewish high priest who handed Jesus over to the Romans, may be linked to the crucifixion, an Israeli filmmaker has claimed.I'm as skeptical of relics as the next guy; obviously there is no way of knowing if these are the nails or even if they are of any importance at all. Frankly, I doubt they are - Caiphas was not such a fan of Jesus that he was liable to be a collector of His memorabilia.
The gnarled bits of iron, which measure around three inches (eight centimeters) each, were shown to reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday at the premier of a television documentary series examining the question of whether they could have been the nails used to crucify Jesus.
That said, what's interesting about this story is that it comes out at Easter. Easter is traditionally the time of stories claiming the Jesus' tomb has been found*, of Gospels of Judas and Thomas, of wars over Easter Eggs, and of front-page interviews with liberal theologians who claim that Jesus never existed or if He did we know nothing about him and certainly He did nothing so unscientific as rise from the dead**. We almost never get a revelatory story that actually fits with the Easter narrative. I don't know what it means, but it does give me a sense of foreboding.
* such stories always limp away as soon as Easter is over.
** and always presented as if it's some sort of scientific discovery and not simply a philosophical presupposition of naturalism that the guy picked up in college in the 50s.