Pilate, Pontius


Pilate, Pontius
Prefect [[➝ prefect]], also called, less accurately, procurator, of Judaea from 26 CE, commander of the army and chief justice. He appointed the high priests and had little sympathy with his Jewish subjects, having been associated with Sejanus, an antisemitic conspirator in Rome. He seized funds from the Temple to build an aqueduct; for cruelty in Samaria he was recalled to Rome in 37 CE. In the gospels he is portrayed as doing his best for Jesus but as unable to resist the demands of the Jews, who could have denounced him to the emperor Tiberius. Later Christian antisemitism tended to exonerate Pilate altogether. An inscription bearing his name was found at Caesarea in 1961.

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  • Pilate,Pontius — Pi·late (pīʹlət), Pontius.fl. first century A.D. Roman prefect of Judea who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus. * * * …   Universalium

  • PILATE, PONTIUS —    Roman procurator of Judea and Samaria in the days of Christ, from A.D. 26 to 36; persuaded of the innocence of Christ when arraigned before his tribunal, would fain have saved Him, but yielded to the clamour of His enemies, who crucified Him;… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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  • Pontius Pilate — see PILATE Pontius …   English World dictionary


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