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Pontius Pilate
Luke 3:1 Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea
Pontius Pilate
The Pontius Pilate inscription found at Caesarea. Israel Museum.
Pontius Pilate Coins
Bronze coin of Pontius Pilate, Procurator of Judaea. Roman, AD 30/1 From Judaea (modern Israel). British Museum.
Josephus writes about Pontius Pilate and names numerous Roman figures from the Biblical record.
Pontius Pilate was the fifth Roman procurator of Judaea, appointed to that office by Tiberius in AD 26. His term lasted ten years. Pilate was in residence in Jerusalem during Passover when Jesus was arrested and put on trial, and it was he who pronounced the sentence of death.

Pontius Pilate Inscription - Caesarea
It was not long ago when many scholars were questioning the actual existence of a Roman Governor with the name Pontius Pilate. In June 1961 Italian archaeologists led by Dr. Frova were excavating an ancient Roman amphitheatre near Caesarea-on-the-Sea (Maritima) and uncovered this interesting limestone block. On the face is a monumental inscription which is part of a larger dedication to Tiberius Caesar. The inscription reads:

" Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judaea."

The original inscription is currently housed in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where it's Inventory number is AE 1963 no. 104. It has been dated to the year 26–37.

Bronze coin of Pontius Pilate
The coin designs of the procurators were in general anodyne: the three first incumbents chose neutral symbols such as ears of barley, palm-trees and cornucopias; none placed their own names on the coins, merely the name of the ruling Roman emperor and the year of his reign. The designs of Pilate's issues strayed from the norm. On the front of his coins appear items of Roman cultic paraphernalia: the simpulum (a form of ladle) and, as on this issue, the lituus (an augural staff). The reverse of the coin carries the regnal year 17 of emperor Tiberius (this is the year AD 30/1. - British Museum.

Pilate mentioned by other Historians
A lot is known of Pilate, not only from the New Testament, but also from famous chroniclers of that period, Philo and Josephus. Philo describes him as "a man of inflexible disposition, harsh and obdurate," and he is further characterized as a person of cruel, selfish and malicious intent.

Tacticus Annals
The Roman historian Tacitus wrote concerning the Great Fire of Rome, in Book 15, chapter 44 of his Annals:

" Hence to suppress the rumor, Nero falsely charged with the guilt, and punished Christians, who were hated for their enormities. Christus, the founder of the name, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea"

Josephus Mentions Pontus Pilate Numerous Times
"When Gratus had done those things in Judea eleven years, when Pontius Pilate came as his successor"
Josephus - Antiquities of the Jews - Book 20 Chapter 5:2

Just How Bad Was Jesus Really Beaten?
According to the testimony of the historian Josephus the movie the Passion of the Christ accurately portrays the level of brutality Christ suffered.

"At this the multitude had great indignation; and when Pilate was come to Jerusalem, they came about his tribunal, and made a clamor at it. Now the Jews were so badly beaten, that many of them perished by the stripes they received, and many of them perished as trodden to death, by which means the multitude was astonished at the calamity of those that were slain, and held their peace."
Josephus - The Wars of the Jews- Book 2 Chapter 9

Critics can argue over what historian they believe to give an accurate portrayal of Pilate's character and demeanor but the fact is they do mention Pilate by name as further evidence of his existence.

Luke 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea

John 19:15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him,crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.

Luke 23:12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.