Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Secrets of Christianity Nails of the Cross - Review

(This is an opinion piece only with regard to a recent religious documentary)

The much anticipated religious documentary Secrets of Christianity Nails of the Cross produced by Simcha Jacobovici, of The Naked Archaeologist fame, recently aired on the History Channel. Jacobovici's timely press release "so close to the Easter Holiday", with regard to his hypothesis that he may have found the nails of Christ, exploded on the world's media. So was the worldwide news of this documentary worth it? Not really, certainly not Jacobovici's best work.

Simcha Jacobovici started his new documentary with a quick rundown of the reasoning why Caiaphas sent Yeshua (Jesus) the Christ to the cross and as usual he attempted to vindicate Caiaphas. The narrator presented the argument that Caiaphas had no choice but to send Christ to Pontius Pilate simply because of Christ's action in the Temple.

Matthew 21
10And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is this?
11And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.
12And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
13And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
14And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
15And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased,
16And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
17And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

I feel they stopped short of the truth. Simcha Jacobovici's style is to use the sections of the Gospels that suits his hypothesis. Caiaphas wanted Christ dead not because of an apparent simple petty crime, destruction of private property within the Temple, he wanted him dead because he knew Christ spoke Truth from GOD and he constantly ridiculed the High Priests.

It didn't take long for Jacobovici to attack the Gospels. The film cited a 6th century text, the Evangelium Infantia, that claims to have been drafted by Caiaphas himself. According to the text Caiaphas was a follower of Christ. The narrator then suggests the Gospels "distorted" the truth about Caiaphas. Classic Simcha Jacobovici, use a very obscure text written 500 plus years after the fact and present a whole new angle, a brand new story. No Christian should have a problem with the idea of Caiaphas accepting Christ after his death, I would actually expect it.

After the attack on the Gospels it should be apparent to any and all followers of Christ that Simcha Jacobovici is still persistent and will remain persistent in his willingness to attack Christianity, as usual.

Simcha Jacobovici, in my mind, failed to even tie the nails, that were shown all over the world via his timely press release, to the tomb of Caiaphas. Really thin.

This is not a very interesting documentary, I usually enjoy his productions, not the message, but the production.

1 comment:

  1. Well done, to the author of this article! If you've read the Gospels, and the books following, you can see Simcha, a sharp and inquisitive mind, just doesn't know...yet. I don't hold it against him. He can't help it. We've prayed for him that he and his whole household might be saved, in Jesus' Precious Name, amen and amen.