Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation

Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation

by Helen K. Bond
     
 

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 Judaea. The following two chapters examine the references to… See more details below

Overview

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 Judaea. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521616201
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/20/2004
Series:
Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, #100
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Map of the Roman province of Judaea, 6-41 CE
1Pontius Pilate and the Roman province of Judaea1
2Pilate in Philo24
3Pilate in Josephus49
4Pilate in Mark's gospel94
5Pilate in Matthew's gospel120
6Pilate in Luke-Acts138
7Pilate in John's gospel163
8Historical events behind the gospel narratives194
9Conclusion203
Bibliography208
Index of texts cited227
Index of modern authors243
Index of main subjects247

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