PONTIUS PILATE INSCRIPTION.
Pontius Pilate was the fifth governor of Roman Judea, under whose governance Jesus of Nazareth was crucified (Matt 27:2, plus 60 additional occurrences in the gospels, Acts, and 1 Timothy).
The Pilate stone inscription was found in 1961 in the ruins of an amphitheatre at Caesarea Maritima. The inscription is on a limestone block which was a dedication to Tiberius Caesar Augustus.
This stone inscription is absolute proof that a man called Pontius Pilatus (Greek: Πόντιος Πιλᾶτος, Pontios Pīlātos), known in the English-speaking world as Pontius Pilate LIVED and was the fifth Prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, from AD 26–36. The Bible states he was the governor.
The existence of Pontius Pilate is also confirmed by canonical gospels, the works of Philo and Josephus, a brief mention by Tacitus, and THE GOSPEL OF NICODEMUS OR ACTS OF PILATE.
I Simon Brown also purchased some of Pilate coins which I found interesting to own Bronze Prutah minted by Pontius Pilate and date LIS (year 16 = AD 29/30)
Again these coins are physical evidence relating to Pilate. Evidence that a man called Pontius Pilate LIVED. When I received these coins they came with a note which states after the crucifixion of Jesus that Pontius Pilate and his wife became followers of Jesus. I am not certain of how true this is as it is said that Pontius Pilate committed suicide there in Vienne and the 10th century historian Agapius of Hierapolis, in his Universal History, says that Pilate committed suicide during the first year of Caligula's reign, i.e. AD 37/38. If this is true, suicide is against the Lord's teachings which would add doubt to Pontius Pilate becoming a follower of Jesus unless the story of Pilate committing suicide was not true.
What is certain is his wife warned Pontius Pilate saying When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. Matthew 27:19 So, Pontius Pilate's wife most certainly believed which would confirm with her becoming a follower.
Pontius Pilate is most famous for the trial of Jesus. Pilate appears in association with the responsibility for the death of Jesus. In Matthew, Pilate washes his hands to show that he was not responsible for the execution of Jesus and reluctantly sends him to his death.
We know from the gospels that Pontius Pilate was very uncomfortable with the idea of killing Jesus, who in his eyes had committed no crime.
What do you accuse this man of? The Pharisee replied "We would not have brought him to you if he had not committed a crime. Pilate replied "Then you yourselves take him, and try him according to your own law. The Pharisee replied ‘we are not allowed to put anyone to death’. This happened in order to confirm what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he would die.
So Pilate had Jesus whipped and scourged instead to try to pacify the Jewish authorities and save Jesus from execution.
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN tells us: The soldiers made a crown out of thorny branches and put it on his head. Then they put a purple robe on him, and came to him, and said, long live the king of the Jews!”
But Pilate was unsuccessful and the people demanded that Jesus be crucified.
AGAIN WE HAVE Archaeology PROVING THE BIBLE.
With thanks and references from Wikipedia the free encyclopedia
Jesus Before Pilate
28 Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.
29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, "What charges are you bringing against this man?"
30 "If he were not a criminal," they replied, "we would not have handed him over to you."
31 Pilate said, "Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law."
"But we have no right to execute anyone," the Jews objected.
32 This happened so that the words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death he was going to die would be fulfilled.
33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
34 "Is that your own idea," Jesus asked, "or did others talk to you about me?"
35 "Am I a Jew?" Pilate replied. "It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it you have done?"
36 Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
37 "You are a king, then!" said Pilate.
Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
38 "What is truth?" Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, "I find no basis for a charge against him.
39 But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release 'the king of the Jews'?"
40 They shouted back, "No, not him! Give us Barabbas!" Now Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion.
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Update by Roland J. Bell B.A. Hons; BBI Dip. The word “Apocryphal “ does not mean heretical or untrue; it simply means “additional”. We cannot base our theology or Spirituality on Apocryphal writings, but they are additional sources of information, to be considered and weighed alongside other pieces of evidence. For example – the works of Flavius Josephus cannot be regarded as Scripture, but, as a source of historical information we use them. The works of Josephus are therefore Apocryphal... Not wrong or untrue, but simply additional.