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Pilate, Acts of
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The Acts of Pilate was one of the most influent apocryphal accounts of Jesus’ passion and resurrection during the Middle Ages. It is also called the “Gospel of Nicodemus” (Evangelium Nicodemi) – a title commonly used in western Christianity from the 12th century onward. It had been composed in Greek and was shortly thereafter translated to and adapted in many languages.

Date of Composition and Milieu of Origin(H1)

Due to the lack of any allusion to historically identifiable events or persons, the Acts of Pilate is difficult to date. Around 380 CE, Epiphanius of Salamis (Pan. 50.1.5–8) all…

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Gounelle, Rémi, “Pilate, Acts of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00002763>
First published online: 2018



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