I know this has been posted here before, but I still have unanswered questions. Please bear with me. And by all means, if you already know all the
information regarding the nails, proceed to the bottom and simply answer my questions.
Two nails were found in Jersualem in 1990 when archaeologists uncovered a family tomb believed to be that of Caiphas, the high priest who handed Jesus
over to the Romans to be crucified. One nail was found inside an ossuary and another was lying on the floor of the tomb. The ossuary in which the nail
was found was inscribed "Caiaphas".
Now, when excavating in Jersulem, it's very common to find nails. However, the mere fact that they were found IN a burial tomb, speaks volumes. In a
typical burial tomb, nothing ordinary can be found. Everything is there for a reason, and in many cases things like coins and oil lamps are found,
which have significance when pertaining to the after life. They are said to give good fortune of a sort. Among things that provide good fortune for
the after life, are crucifix nails.
Another thing to note is that the nails were bent at one end. The length and the fact that they were both bent at one end, among the significance that
they were found inside a burial tomb of CAIAPHAS, lends support to these being crucifix nails.
Now on to Caiaphas. Caiaphas was the Roman appointed high priest supposedly involved int he plot to kill Jesus. In Matthew 26:57-67, Caiaphas and
others of the Sanhedrin interrogate Jesus looking for some sort of evidence in which to fram Jesus. When they find no evidence, Caiaphas demands that
Jesus tell him whether He is the Christ. Jesus replies by saying "You have said so." and is subsequently charged with blasphemy.
Caiaphas is also mentioned in other historical resources such as those by the first century Jewish historian Josephus. He is also mentioned in a
ballad by Oscar Wilde which portrays him as a traitor of sorts.
Historically, Caiaphas is only associated with ONE crucifixion. This lends to the idea that the nails found in Caiaphas' tomb, were indeed the nails
used to crucify Jesus.
Interestingly enough, the nails were noted in the original archaeologicaly report, but were never photographed or sketched.
Now, with just regards to the nails, I would like to ask a few questions.
1) What is the possibility that these are NOT crucifixion nails?
2) What are possible reasons for the nails to have never been photographed or sketched with the original archaeological recordings?
3) If these ARE crucifixion nails, what is the possibility that they were used to crucify someone OTHER THAN Jesus?
4) Why were they found in the tomb of Caiaphas?