Simcha and Goodacre on the Crucifixion Nails of Jesus

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.

Cheers
Mark

So true, Mark.  SO true.

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3 Responses

  1. Simcha Jacobovici is an entertaining fellow, but I’m afraid he is the Michael Moore of archaeological documentaries. He seems to want to give the old time Judaism a respectable scientific veneer. His Exodus Decoded would have been the dumbest theory on the Ark presented so far had the History Channel not made that stupid documentary on the Ark being an African drum. James Cameron must be l;using his marbles to have spent so much and a silly CGI backdrop for Simcha to pontificate over while claiming his Greek house pendant was really depicting the Ark if you looked at it from the right angle. If he is not responding to scholarly critiques of his works, it is probably because his target audience watches T.V. and does not read much. Can we start a petition among history professors demanding that the History Channel air shows about real history or drop the name history (maybe go with the Nazi/Alien/Blue Collar Job Channel)?

  2. Losing, not using his marbles.

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