Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation

Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation

Book - 2004
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From publisher's description: "This study reconstructs the historical Pontius Pilate and looks at the way in which he is used as a literary character in the works of six first-century authors : Philo, Josephus and the four evangelists. The first chapter provides an introduction to the history and formation of the imperial Roman province of Judea. The following two chapters examine the references to Pilate in Philo and Josephus, looking at each author's biases before going on to assess the historicity of their accounts. The next four chapters consider the portrayal of Pilate in each gospel, asking how a first-century reader would have interpreted his actions. Each chapter asks what this portrayal shows about the author's attitude towards the Roman state, and what kind of community found this useful. The conclusion distinguishes between the 'historical Pilate' and the different 'Pilates of interpretation' preserved in our first-century literary sources
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York Cambridge University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780521616201
Characteristics: xxvi, 249 p. : map ; 23 cm
Other Standard Identifier: 9780521616201


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