Pontius Pilate – Complete Episode (TV14; 45:15) The total Biography episode on the life of Pontius Pilate.
The Roman Emperor is considered to possess hailed in the Samnium area of central Italy. The Roman Emperor convicted Jesus of treason and declared that Jesus believed himself King of the Jews, and had Jesus crucified. Pilate expired 39 A.D. The reason for his death remains a puzzle. An artifact found in 1961 demonstrated his existence.
In 26 A.D. the Roman Emperor Tiberius made Pontius Pilate prefect of the Roman states of Judaea, Samaria and Iduma, although Pilate is best known for his direction of Judaea. In assuming his place, Pontius Pilate succeeded Valerius Gratus.
As a Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate was given the power of a supreme judge, which meant he had the exclusive ability to order a criminal’s execution. His responsibilities as a prefect comprised such routine jobs as tax collection and handling building jobs. But maybe his most vital duty was that of keeping law and order. Pontius Pilate tried to do this by any means essential. What King of the Jews could not negotiate he’s supposed to have attained through brute force.
As governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilate confronted a clash of interests involving the Roman Empire as well as the Sanhedrin Jewish council. When Pontius asked Jesus if he was King of the Jews, he asserted that Jesus adopted the title, which he never did. This accusation was considered an act of treason from the Roman government.
In the Gospel reports of The Trial of Jesus, Philo and Joseph described Pontius Pilate as having been unkind and unjust. The Gospels show Pontius Pilate’s indecision, mentioning that he granted to letting Jesus go at one phase of the trial, but later rescinded the offer.
Since according to the tenets of the Roman Empire, calling (ESV) king was reasons for treason, Pontius Pilate ordered the initials INRI be inscribed on Jesus’s grave following the crucifixion. Some consider the name was meant derisively, to mock Jesus for his exalted claim.
The conditions surrounding Pontius Pilate’s departure in circa 39 A.D. are something of a puzzle and a source of controversy. According to some conventions, the Roman emperor Caligula ordered Pontius Pilate to death by execution or suicide.
Some traditions claim that after the Jews committed suicide, his body was thrown to the Tiber River. Still others consider Pontius Pilate’s destiny called for his conversion to Christianity and following canonization. Pontius Pilate is in fact considered a saint from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
No matter what really became of Pontius Pilate, one thing was made certain—that Pontius Pilate really existed.