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Pontius Pilate |
Pilate’s Fate

Pontius Pilate is drawn from Chapter One, beginning on page 15, of Volume One, The Veil is Torn of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years. If you would like to order this book please visit

Some say he killed himself, some that he became Christian

Pontius Pilate - Pilate’s Fate

Pontius Pilate - Pilate’s Fate
Critics who were dubious about the historicity of Pontius Pilate were silenced by the twentieth-century discovery of a partially effaced stone inscription in seaside Caesarea. “. . . NTIUS PILATUS . . . ECTUS IUDAE . . .,” it reads, identifying him as prefect of Judea. After the original was removed to a museum, this replica was placed at the discovery site near the ancient amphitheater of the city.

Probably the most-mentioned Roman name in modern history is neither Julius Caesar nor Augustus, but rather that of a relatively minor Roman provincial governor called Pontius Pilate. The assertion that Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate is recited in hundreds of languages all over the world in Christian creeds.

Nearly two millennia have passed since the death of this otherwise unremarkable bureaucrat, and little is known of his life except the details provided in the Gospels. The Jewish historian Josephus reports that Pilate ordered construction of an aqueduct to bring water into Jerusalem, and that the Jews were outraged–either because he used sacred funds for the project, or because he ran the aqueduct through a cemetery, making the water ceremonially undrinkable.

Josephus and the historian Philo both describe one or more incidents in which Pilate ordered images of the emperor Tiberius erected in Jerusalem. When the Jews vigorously protested, Pilate backed down. After his dramatic appearance in the New Testament, he slips into obscurity again.

For reasons that are unclear, Pilate was suspended from office in a.d. 37. Tradition holds that he committed suicide in 39. According to some early Christian writers, he killed himself in remorse over his part in the Crucifixion. Others say he recognized Jesus’ divinity and became a believer himself. Over the centuries, that line of thought brought Pilate quite an honor: In the Ethiopic and Coptic churches, he is venerated as a saint.

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