The governor of the Jews (see also Jews) at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus; he was an official of the Roman Empire, to which the Jewish nation belonged at that time. According to the Gospels, Pilate did not consider Jesus guilty and wanted to release him. Under pressure from the crowds in Jerusalem (see also Jerusalem), however, Pilate sentenced Jesus to death on the cross, having first washed his hands to indicate his lack of responsibility for Jesus' fate.
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But let's not deny that there are lives are at stake, and that this is still pure Pilate politics.
Then saith Pilate unto him, "Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?"His Last Week|William E. Barton
She slept again, and saw Pilate in hell surrounded by devils.
She slept again, and a devil appeared and talked to her, justifying Pilate.
Here a messenger arrived from Claudia telling her dream and begging Pilate to go to her.
His speculations might ask, with 'jesting Pilate,' 'What is truth?'Mrs. Maxon Protests|Anthony Hope