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Acts of Pilate
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Also known as the Acts of Pontius Pilate. A noncanonical text comprising chapters 1–16 of the Gospel of Nicodemus, Nicodemus’ alleged account of Jesus’ trial before Pilate. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period. The Acts of Pilate forms the central text for the body of literature known as the Pilate Cycle.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Acts of Pilate
Acts of Pilate Also known as the Acts of Pontius Pilate. A noncanonical text comprising chapters 1–16 of the Gospel of Nicodemus, Nicodemus’ alleged account of Jesus’ trial before Pilate. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period. The Acts of Pilate forms the central text for
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Pilate, Acts of
PILATE, ACTS OF. An ancient and extended account of the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. The initial episode of the narrative, which is dependent in part upon the canonical Gospels, centers around the activities of Pontius Pilate during the trial. It is this episode that provides the inspiration
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Pilate, Acts Of
Pilate, Acts ofOriginally written in Greek, an apocryphal work surviving in many medieval manuscripts, the oldest from the 12th century, and in Latin, Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, and Arabic translations. In a number of medieval manuscripts it is found together with another work, Christ’s Descent into
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Nicodemus, Gospel of (Writing)
Nicodemus, Gospel of. The name ascribed by Latin traditions of the thirteenth-fourteenth centuries A.D. to the Acts of Pilate. See Pilate, Acts of.
Pilate, Acts of (Writing)
Pilate, Acts of. †An apocryphal gospel also known as the Gospel of Nicodemus. The account of Jesus’ trial (Acts Pil. 1–9) makes of it a dispute between Pilate, who defends Jesus’ innocence, and Jesus’ Jewish accusers, with certain Jews testifying in Jesus’ defense. After Jesus has been crucified
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Pilate, Acts of
Pilate, Acts of. An apocryphal work giving an account of the trial, death, and resurrection of Christ. In some MSS an independent treatise on the *Descent of Christ into *Hades is attached to it. From the 13th cent. onwards, the two together have been sometimes known as the ‘Gospel of Nicodemus’.The
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
Pilate, Acts of (Writing)
Pilate, Acts of pi’luht. This work falls into two distinct and independent parts: (1) the Acts of Pilate, extant in two Greek recensions (A and B) and also in Latin, Coptic, Syriac, and Armenian, dealing with the passion and resurrection of Jesus; (2) an account of the Descensus ad Inferos, extant in
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
PILATE, ACTS OF
PILATE, ACTS OF. The Acts of Pilate, also known as the Gospel of Nicodemus, is the combination of an account of the trial, death, and resurrection/ascension of Jesus (chaps. 1–16), with an account of Christ’s descent into hell to release the righteous dead that had a major influence on medieval art and