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Latin dedicatory inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate, the procurator of Judea

Latin dedicatory inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate, the procurator of Judea

Latin dedicatory inscription mentioning Pontius Pilate, the procurator of Judea

Hard limestone

H: 80; W: 68; D: 20 cm

Israel Antiquities Authority
IAA:

1961-529

Archaeology/Hellenistic, Roman & Byzantine Periods

Pontius Pilate was the fifth Roman Procurator of Judea, serving in that capacity in 26-36 CE. Sources describe him as a cruel and unsympathetic ruler who was insensitive to Jewish religious feelings. According to the New Testament, he was the one who sentenced Jesus to be crucified. The inscription presented here is the only object from his time that bears his name. It was found reused in the staircase of the Roman theater of Caesarea, the provincial capital; it was probably originally set into a temple built in the city in honor of Emperor Tiberius.
Inscription:
... building in honor of] Tiberius ... Pon]tius Pilate ... Praef]ect of Judea

From the Israel Museum publications:

Israeli, Yael, and Mevorach, David, Cradle of Christianity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew

The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

Exhibitions:

Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 28/03/2000 - 30/01/2001