Pontius Pilate a Roman Procurator


History teaches that Pontius Pilate was appointed governor of Judea by Tiberius in 26 A.D. and immediately made bad relations with the Jews by centering the headquarters of his army, previously in Caesarea, to Jerusalem.

The soldiers, no doubt, took their standards (which bore the image of the emperor) with them into the holy city. The very sight of Roman standards appearing within sight of the Temple compound greatly enraged the people, who vowed to fight to the death rather than to submit to any idolatry in or within the sight of the Temple. Pilate yielded to their demands and ordered the standards to be returned to Caesarea (Josephus Ant. 18.3.1-2; Wars 2.9.2-4).

Two other times Pilate nearly drove the Jews to hostility:

The first time was when he hung golden shields inscribed with the names of deities in his palace on Mt. Zion. The emperor himself had to actually order them removed.

The second time was when he used revenue from the Temple, collected from the redemption of vows, for the building of an aqueduct.

There was also an event referred to as the slaughter of certain Galileans (Luke 13:1), who were slain while they were offering sacrifices in the Temple.

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The main historical sources about the life of Pontius Pilate were:

- Josephus (75-94 A.D. approx.)

- The New Testament (50-100 A.D. approx.)

- Jewish and Christian Tradition

- Archaeology: inscriptions, coins, written text.

Bibliography on Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate by Wroe, 432 Pages, Pub. 2001

Pontius Pilate a Novel by Maier, 384 Pages


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