Dating the crucifixion of jesus
One of the most important aspects of Yom Kippur is the idea of the scapegoat.
This is the one and only time of the year when the high priest would go behind the veil in the Holy of Holies in the Temple, dare to utter the name of God, the Tetragrammaton, YHWH, and offer the sacrifice of two goats.
"If you accept that this is the tomb of Caiaphas and if you accept that these nails came from that tomb, given that Caiaphas is only associated with the crucifixion of Jesus they very well could be those nails," he said.
The nails were discovered in the first century tomb in 1990 during construction work on a hillside a few miles south of Jerusalem's Old City.
) This typology is evident in the Jewish memorial feast days.
They are generally broken up into two seasons, the spring feasts and the fall feasts.
Upon one goat, the high priest placed his hands while confessing all the sins of Israel, symbolically conferring the sin to the goat. The other goat was sacrificed, and the high priest sprinkled its blood upon the mercy seat in the Holy Holies.
His words of solidarity are, of course, manifestly true. There is a unity in the divine plan linking the progressive stages of salvation history.
"If you look at the whole story, historical, textual, archaeological, they all seem to point at these two nails being involved in a crucifixion.
"And since Caiaphas is only associated with Jesus's crucifixion, you put two and two together and they seem to imply that these are the nails." His thesis relies largely on the circumstances in which the nails were found and he admitted that he cannot be 100 per cent certain that they were used in Christ's crucifixion, but said the evidence was "compelling".
In this regard, Jewish tradition documents a miraculous event pertaining to Yom Kippur.
In both the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds, they record that there was a scarlet cloth or strap tied to the scapegoat on Yom Kippur, as part of the sin offering.