Pontius Pilate: A Novel

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The true story of how and why the crucifixion took place, from the perspective of the Roman politician who changed history

In a world full of DVD extras, behind-the-scenes commentary, and social media, people are used to getting the story behind the story. Readers want to understand not just what happened but why. This historical novel of the man who washed his hands of the crucifixion does just that!

Award-winning historian and best-selling ...

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Overview

The true story of how and why the crucifixion took place, from the perspective of the Roman politician who changed history

In a world full of DVD extras, behind-the-scenes commentary, and social media, people are used to getting the story behind the story. Readers want to understand not just what happened but why. This historical novel of the man who washed his hands of the crucifixion does just that!

Award-winning historian and best-selling author Paul L. Maier has created a compelling style of documentary fiction. He uses what is historically known of Pilate’s life and rise to power, adds in the known political climate of first-century Judea, and unveils the colorful, untold story that changed history for all time. He provides intriguing answers to questions such as:

  • What really happened at that most famous of trials?
  • Were the proceedings against Jesus legal?
  • Did cowardice or necessity motivate Pilate’s judgment?
  • What became of this successful Roman politician after his verdict?

Filling in the details of Pilate’s early career in Rome, Maier captures the drama of imperial Rome under the all-powerful Tiberius Caesar, the plottings of his political allies and enemies, and his relationship with his beloved but ambitious wife, Procula. His great moment arrives as he exchanges the intrigues of Rome for the bewildering environment of Judea, navigating new and dangerous waters. In Pontius Pilate, Maier paints a picture for modern readers to help them understand the behind-the-scenes complexities, political and religious realities, and ultimately, the humanity of the people we know from Scripture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825443565
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 12/1/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 442,726
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul L. Maier is the former Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History (retired) at Western Michigan University and an award-winning author whose expertise in first-century studies and extensive travels in the Middle East and Asia Minor provide historical authenticity and compelling drama to his writing. His other writings include the ECPA Gold Medallion Award-winning volume Josephus: The Essential Writings, as well as The Flames of Rome, and the best-selling novel, A Skeleton in God’s Closet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    This was a fairly good read. I thought it was well written and e

    This was a fairly good read. I thought it was well written and easy to read. Its was also insightful about the times. It isn't my favorite on the subject but still good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2010

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    YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

    This book is fantastic. Any one interested in Ancient Rome must read this book. It is incredibly interesting. I learned a lot and was never bored. I give this book very high marks, and its definitely one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2009

    One of the best books I've ever read.

    This book - while originally written in the late 1960s - is phenomenal! Firstly, it is a very easy read. Secondly the story is absolutely captivating as the descriptions Maeir gives put the reader right there seeing, feeling all but really experiencing the goings on in the story.

    Many know Pontius Pilate as only the official who tried Jesus Christ on Good Friday and only the few details the Bible provides regarding his actions on that day. While Maier's "Pontius Pilate" is a fiction book (I've heard Dr. Maier say that the book is "95% historical fact, 5 % the most likely conclusions based on what we do know") it provides some excellent insights into Pilate's life before the Good Friday event - the pressures and possible ambitions, frustrations and motivations. And then these give the reader insights into why he acted the way he did that day.

    I highly, highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2000

    Maier's 'Pilate' is fantastic reading!

    One of the most puzzling aspects of the trial of Jesus before Pontius Pilate is the question as to why Pilate allowed Jesus to be crucified. It would seem to the reader of Sacred Scripture that Pilate could easily have spared Jesus. Paul Maier's book explains in details some of the background information not recorded in the Scriptures that influenced Pilate's decision to crucify Jesus. This book is a must for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the most important trial in history!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    don't waste your money

    i would be happy to send anyone mine new copy if they would cover the shipping cost.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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