Roman Influence on the Birth of Christianity

Pilate Inscription

  • In June 1961 Italian archaeologists led by Dr. Antonio Frova were excavating an ancient Roman amphitheatre near Caesarea-on-the-Sea (Maritima) and uncovered a limestone block. On the face is a monumental inscription which is part of a larger dedication to Tiberius Caesar which clearly says that is was from “Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea.”
  • From Christianity Today:
    Hard evidence [about Pontius Pilate's existance] amounts to an inscribed stone, a few coins, a few mentions by [Jewish hitorian Flavius] Josephus, a couple of pages on Philo of Alexandria, a sentence in Tacitus, and (of course) the Gospels.


Historical Discussion
In Depth

Historical Context

Dating the Gospels

I Was a Sunday-School Spy

The Crucifixion (animation)

Post Appearance of Jesus

Who Did Jesus Curse-Praise

Taxes to Rome

Submissiveness to Oppression

John the Baptist

Admirable and Amazing Works

The Term Gospel

Jewish Judgment

Pilate's Defense (animation)

Roman Soldiers at the Tomb

Migration of Christianity to Rome

Irony of Faith

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