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The Innocence of Pontius Pilate: How the Roman Trial of Jesus Shaped History

David Lloyd Dusenbury


The gospels and ancient historians agree: Jesus was sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate, the Roman imperial prefect in Jerusalem. To this day, Christians of all churches confess that Jesus died 'under Pontius Pilate'. But what exactly does that mean? Within decades of Jesus' death, Christians began suggesting that it was the Judaean authorities who had crucified Jesus—a notion later echoed in the Qur'an. In the third century, one philosopher raised the notion that, although Pilate had condemned Jesus, he'd done so justly; this idea survives in one of the main strands of modern New Testament c ... More

Keywords: secularization, Christianity, Europe, Pontius Pilate, Jesus of Nazareth, history of philosophy, legal history, political theology, anti-Semitism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197602799
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197602799.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Lloyd Dusenbury, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem