All posts tagged: Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate presenting Christ to the crowd by Antonio Ciseri (1821-1891)/Wikipedia

2,000-year-old ring discovered belonging to Pontius Pilate?

A copper alloy ring discovered 50 years ago during a dig at Herod’s burial tomb and palace between 1968-69 may have belonged to Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who ruled Judea between 26 and 36 AD (CE). The ring was part of hundreds of artifacts discovered at the dig. After being in storage for several decades, the Israeli Antiquities Authority had the ring cleaned and analyzed. Using a special camera, they discovered the words “of Pilate ” (Pilatus) engraved on the center of the ring around the image of a large wine vessel called a Krater. Because of its discovery in the Herod excavation, there is speculation the ring belonged to Pontius Pilate, the man who ordered Christ’s crucifixion. The down side is the ring is not of great quality which caused some to question whether it would be a ring Pontius Pilate would have worn. However, the best evidence that it belonged to Pontius Pilate is due to the name. While Pontius is common enough, the name Pilate was “extremely rare.” In fact, there …

Artists portrayal of Nero's persecution of Christians by Heinrich von Siemiradzki (1843-1902): Wikipedia

How Tacitus’ contradiction of the Biblical record actually confirms the Bible

Roman senator and orator Tacitus (55AD-118AD) is considered one of the great ancient historians. He wrote a number of books, and in his last work entitled Annals he had a couple of paragraphs about Jesus and the Christians. Though small, these two citations pack a wallop because they provide various confirmations about the Biblical account and even one contradiction that actually proves the Bible’s accuracy of events. Tacitus was providing a brief history about the Roman Emperor Nero (37AD – 67AD) and because of this felt compelled to give an explanation about Christians and Christ as they played a role in the Great Fire of Rome (July 18-23 64 AD). Many Romans believed Nero purposefully set the fire as part of his grandiose plan to rebuild Rome. To deflect the blame, Tacitus said Nero accused Christians of arson: [neither] human effort nor the emperor’s generosity nor the placating of the gods ended the scandalous belief that the fire had been ordered [by Nero]. Therefore, to put down the rumour, Nero substituted as culprits and punished …

Kenyan lawyer trying to launch lawsuit against Israel over death of Jesus

Kenyan lawyer Dola Indidis wants to sue both the State of Israel and the Italian government over the miscarriage of justice that occurred at  Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. Dola works as a lawyer in Kenya and once served as a Kenyan Judiciary spokesman. Tiberius, who was the Roman Emperor at the time, King Herod (King of Judea), unnamed Jewish elders and Pontius Pilate (Roman Prefect of Judea) are also named in the suit. Dola is quoted in a Jerusalem Post article accusing Pontius Pilate of “judicial misconduct, abuse of office, bias and prejudice.”  The lawyer also says the information used to convict Jesus was flawed. Though Jesus’ trial took place 2,000 years earlier, Dola believes both Italy and Israel are still in some sense culpable. Dola first took his case before a Kenyan court in 2007, but the court refused to hear the case stating it lacked jurisdiction, He recently decided to petition the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Though it is very doubtful the court will hear his case, Dola noted the Roman Catholic church …