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.


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