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Roman governor of Judaea from ad 26–36/37. Appears in the Gospel narratives at the trial of Jesus. Responsible, with the Jews present, for having Jesus crucified.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Pontius Pilate (Person)
PONTIUS PILATE (PERSON) [Gk Pontios Pilatos (Ποντιος Πιλατος)]. The fifth Roman governor of Judea, during whose tenure Jesus of Nazareth was executed. Pilate is known primarily from Josephus and the Gospels. Philo reports in some detail an incident during Pilate’s service in Judea, Tacitus mentions him
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Pilate, Pontius. Appointed by Tiberius as the fifth prefect of Judea, and who served in that capacity from ad 26–36. He appears prominently in the trial narratives of the Gospels as the Roman governor who authorized Jesus’ crucifixion. In addition he appears in a variety of extrabiblical sources as a
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Pilate, Pontius pī̃t̀lət, ponʹshəs. Roman governor of Judea a.d. 26/27–36, who presided at the trial of Jesus.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
PILATE, PONTIUS Appointed by Tiberius as the fifth prefect of Judea, Pilate served in that capacity from ad 26–36. He appears prominently in the trial narratives of the Gospels as the Roman governor who authorized Jesus’ crucifixion. In addition, he appears in a variety of extrabiblical sources as a
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Pilate (pi´luht), Pontius (pon´shuhs), Roman prefect of Judea, the fifth governor of the province, and the second-longest holder of the office (26–36 ce). His term included the time of John the Baptist’s activity as well as that of the public ministry and crucifixion of Jesus (see Luke 3:1). Pilate is
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
PILATE. Pontius Pilatus was a Roman of the equestrian, or upper middle-class, order: his praenomen is not known, but his nomen, Pontius, suggests that he was of Samnite extraction and his cognomen, Pilatus, may have been handed down by military forbears. Little is known of his career before ad 26, but
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Pilate, Pontius (Gk. Póntios Pilátos)Roman governor or procurator of Judea, 26–36 c.e. (Matt. 27:2; Josephus Ant. 18.2.2 ; 18.3.1 ; BJ 2.9.2 ; Philo Leg. 299). According to an inscription found at Caesarea, he was a praefectus Iudaeae, a commander of auxiliary troops (500–1000 soldiers).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Pilate, Pontius [pŏnˊtĭ əs pīˊlət] (Gk. Pontios Pilatos; Lat. Pontius Pilatus).† The fifth Roman governor of Judea (A.D. 26–36) who presided at Jesus’trial and authorized his execution. An upper-middle class Roman equestrian of the Samnite clan of the Pontii, Pilate arrived in Palestine with
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Catholic Bible Dictionary
PILATE, PONTIUS The fifth Roman prefect, or governor, of Judea, from ca. a.d. 25 to 36. The time he served as Roman governor included the trial and Crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. What is known about Pilate comes mostly from Flavius Josephus, Philo, and the New Testament. References by classical writers