Pilate, Pontius

Pilate, Pontius (Pi´luht, pon´shuhs)

Roman prefect of Judea, the fifth governor of the province and the second-longest holder of the office (26–36 CE). His term included the time of the public ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus. The historical writings of Philo Judaeus and Flavius Josephus include accounts of incidents not reported in the NT, most of which present Pilate as insensitive to Jewish religious scruples and all too ready to use brutal force to repress any dissent (Luke 13:1). In the Gospels, he plays a central role in the events surrounding the trial and crucifixion of Jesus (Matt 27:1-2; Matt 11-26:1; Mark 15:1-15; Luke 23:1-25; John 18:28-19:16; Acts 3:13; Acts 4:27; Acts 13:28; 1Tim 6:13). Pilate “wonders” at Jesus’s silence in the face of hostile accusations, but he bends to the will of the mob in sending Jesus to the cross and releasing Barabbas, a known murderer. Matthew’s Gospel contains the report of Pilate washing his hands publicly before the crowd in a futile attempt to exonerate himself of guilt for allowing innocent blood to be shed (Matt 27:24).

Luke 13:1

Repent or Perish
1At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

Matt 27:1-2

Jesus Brought before Pilate
1When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people conferred together against Jesus in order to bring about his ... View more

Matt 11-26:1

1Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim his message in their cities.Messengers from John the ... View more

Mark 15:1-15

Jesus before Pilate
1As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led h ... View more

Luke 23:1-25

Jesus before Pilate
1Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate.2They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting our natio ... View more

John 18:28-19:16

Jesus before Pilate
28Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate's headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, ... View more

Acts 3:13

13The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the ... View more

Acts 4:27

27For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom ... View more

Acts 13:28

28Even though they found no cause for a sentence of death, they asked Pilate to have him killed.

1Tim 6:13

13In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you

Matt 27:24

Pilate Hands Jesus over to Be Crucified
24So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his h ... View more

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