History of Pontius Pilate: his Background Before Good Friday

“Behold the man”
Pilum, or Javelin

Pontius Pilate, Equestrian

Patrick Stewart as Sejanus

Pontius Pilate’s Sponsor’s Treason

The emperor was getting old and paranoid. Sejanus took advantage of this and offered up to Caesar the names of senators he claimed were not loyal to Rome. Tiberius would convict them of maiestas, or treason. Their property and wealth were forfeit, and they usually committed suicide to avoid bringing public shame upon their name and family.

Prefecture of Pontius Pilate

It is unlikely that Pilate was an incompetent official, for he ruled Judea for a decade from A.D. 26 to 36. It is doubtful that Emperor Tiberius, who insisted on good principal administration, would have retained Pilate for so long, the second-longest tenure of any first-century Roman governor in Palestine. Nevertheless, the governorship of Judea was a most taxing experience, and, aside from Good Friday, it seems from our sources Philo and Josephus that there were several other incidents in which Pilate blundered.

  • Later, he built an aqueduct from cisterns near Bethlehem to improve Jerusalem’s water supply but paid for it with funds from the Temple treasury. Josephus records that this sparked another riot, which was put down only after bloodshed by Roman auxiliaries, despite Pilate having cautioned his troops against using excessive force.

Imperial Intervention with Pontius Pilate

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