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date: 20 April 2024

Pontius Pilatuslocked

Pontius Pilatuslocked

  • Helen K. Bond

Summary

Pontius Pilatus was the fifth Roman prefect of Judaea, c. 26–37 ce. Incidents from his administration appear in the works of Flavius Josephus and Philo of Alexandria. He is best known, however, for sending Jesus of Nazareth to the cross, an event noted by Tacitus (Ann. 15.44) and described at length in the Christian gospels.

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  • Jewish Studies

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