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Pilate, Pontius
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Pontius Pilate was the fifth Roman governor of Judaea (Palestine). According to Flavius Josephus he was appointed by Tiberius in 26 ce, though possibly as early as 19, and served until around the time of Tiberius’s death in 37 ce. In the so-called Pilate inscription from Caesarea (see most recently Alföldy) his title is given as “praefectus Iudaeae.” Assessment of his tenure depends upon one’s choice between Tacitus’s general statement (Historiae V 9.2) that “under Tiberius [Judaea] was quiet,” and Josephus’s account (Bell. II 169–177; Ant. XVIII 55–89) which pict…

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Schwartz, Daniel R., “Pilate, Pontius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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