The ruler of a Roman province, usually a former consul. Pilate was governor over the province of Judea when Jesus was crucified (Matt 27:2). In the larger senatorial provinces a governor would usually serve for three years. Governors of provinces in which two to four legions were stationed held an important military command. Entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining peace, they would investigate any potential source of difficulty, such as the dispute between Paul and his enemies (Acts 24:1; Acts 25:1-4).

Matt 27:2

2They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate the governor.

Acts 24:1

Paul before Felix at Caesarea
1Five days later the high priest Ananias came down with some elders and an attorney, a certain Tertullus, and they reported their ... View more

Acts 25:1-4

Paul Appeals to the Emperor
1Three days after Festus had arrived in the province, he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem2where the chief priests and the leaders ... View more

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