Joe Zias was goodly enough to post that Simcha Jacobovici had posted up an article on James Tabor’s blog in response to the critics (really, those ‘critiques’ are the actual academic response to his sensational ‘find’ of the ‘crucifixion nails’ of Jesus.) You can read Simcha’s response (if you are feeling particularly masochistic or if you feel like throwing up a little in your mouth) here.
Mark Goodacre wrote up a reply on the Biblical Studies message board (cited with permission) in response to this which I feel is quite astute as it is erudite (and polite–more polite than it should be):
Simcha’s response (now published on James Tabor’s blog) illustrates
something quite interesting about strategy, to my regret. Although he
spends much of the essay berating the ad hominem nature of the attacks on
him, the fact is that on this occasion he *has* posted a detailed response
to his critics. And this is the frustration: those of us who have, in the
past, engaged in a kind of patient, calm, detailed response to his claims
have been ignored. It is only now that abuse and ridicule have been
directed towards him that he has responded. To illustrate further: I
listed seventeen errors and inaccuracies on the “Jesus Family Tomb website”
over four years ago on my blog. From time to time, I draw attention again
to the list. They include serious, egregious errors, nonsense,
misstatements and so on. To this day (and I checked again last night),
every single one of them is still there on the site.
I say this with regret because I share that naive belief that academics
sometimes have that non-academics might respond to correct errors when they
are pointed out in a patient and friendly way. Sadly, and on repeated
occasions, this is not the case.
So true, Mark. SO true.
Must-Read Additional Links:
- Mark Goodacre, Simcha’s Nails: Illustrating the Problem
- Mark Goodacre, How Should Scholars React When Ludicrous Claims are Made?
- Jim West, More Lunacy and Exaggerated Claims from Pseudo-Archaeology: The ‘Discovery’ of the Nails which Affixed Jesus to the Cross
- Bob Cargill, A Critique of Simcha Jacobovici’s Secrets of Christianity: Nails of the Cross
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