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Pontius Pilate

[ pon-shuhs pahy-luht, -tee-uhs ]

noun

  1. flourished early 1st century a.d., Roman procurator of Judea a.d. 26–36?: the final authority concerned in the condemnation and execution of Jesus Christ.


Pontius Pilate

/ ˈpɒntɪəs ˈpaɪlət; ˈpɒnʃəs /

noun

  1. See Pilate
    See Pilate


Pilate, Pontius

  1. 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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He bid me untruss, and every lash he gave me, cried, Will you ever call Pontius Pilate again?

Seigneur Pontius Pilate, to-day is not the first time I have told you this; madmen like this one are public pests!'

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