The Pilate Stone

When Pilate saw a riot was beginning, he washed his hands before the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood.”

Pontius Pilate, thought to be a prominent Roman prefect, is mentioned in the Gospels in the story of the hours leading up to Jesus’ death on the cross, disavowing any responsibility before the crowd demanding Jesus’s death!

But outside the biblical account, there has been no archaeological evidence of a Pontius Pilate ever having lived—although a few ancient historians wrote about him.

That is, until 1961, when an Italian archaeological team excavating a theater in Caesarea discovered a stone inscription attributed to. . .Pontius Pilate!

The only accepted find with such an inscription mentioning Pilate’s name!

Engage with the Bible—in the ongoing discovery of its history!

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