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Pontius Pilate stone, proof of his existence. Roman Archeology. Discovered in 1961, “The Inscription of Pilate” offers remarkable archaeological evidence. Those who read the New Testament stories about the process of Jesus can not forget the name of Pontius Pilate.Jesus of Nazareth, archaeologically and historically speaking.

Pontius Pilate stone, proof of his existence. Roman Archeology.

All four Gospels refer to this person. His interrogation to Jesus on the insistence of the Jewish crowd is one of the most memorable scenes of Messiah’s life. Not less than three times this Roman official told the screaming crowd that they did not find any fault in that person they hated so much: Jesus (John 18:38; 19: 4: 6).

However, trying to appease the Jews, however, Pilate washed his hands in a ceremonial testimony for his own innocence of Christ’s blood, and then delivered the Son of God to scourge and crucifixion.

What can be derived from the secular history of Pilate? For about 2000 years, the only references to Pilate have been found in the writings of Joseph Flavio and Tacito. The written trace of his life put him as the Roman sovereign of Judea between 26-36 AD. The data indicates that Pilate was a man often affected by violent impulses. The biblical account also states that Pilate killed some Galileans as they were presenting sacrifices (Luke 13: 1). In addition to an occasional reference to Pilate in some written documents, however, there were no inscriptions or stone monuments that documented his life. This was the case until 1961. In that year, Pilate passed from a figure known only by ancient literature to a figure attested by archeology. The Roman officials who controlled Judea in the times of Christ most likely settled their seat in the ancient city of Caesarea, as evidenced by Giuseppe Flavio’s references to Pilate’s military and political activities in that city. Located in Cesarea, it was a great Roman theater that a group of Italian archaeologists began digging in 1959. Two years later, in 1961, the researchers found a 60x90cm stone slab that had been used “in the construction of a landing Between ramps of stairs in a row of places reserved for the guests of honor “(John McRay, Archaeology and the New Testament, 1991).

The Latin inscription on the stone, however, has proven that originally was not intended to be used as a block for the theater. On the stone, the researchers discovered what had remained of an inscription bearing the name of a certain Pontius Pilate. The whole inscription is not readable, but as far as the name of the biblical governor is concerned, Finegan noted that “the name Pontius Pilate is quite unmistakable, and it is of great importance as the first epigraphic documentation concerning Pontius Pilate, who ruled Judea Between 26-36 AD According to commonly accepted dates “(Jack Finegan, Archeology and the New Testament, 1992). What the complete inscription meant once was certainly not known, but there is a general agreement that the stone could originally originate from a temple or sanctuary dedicated to the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Such a strong test piece for the precision of the New Testament would be very difficult to find. Now, properly known as “Pilate’s Inscription,” this stone slab records that Pilate was the Roman official of the Judean government and even uses his full name, Pontius Pilate, which is exactly in Luke 3: 1.

Pontius Pilate stone, proof of his existence. Roman Archeology.



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Pontius Pilate stone, proof of his existence. Roman Archeology.