Author Faculty (Discipline)

Theology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2018

Journal

Australian Biblical Review

Volume Number

66

Page Numbers

31-42

ISSN

0045-0308

Embargo Period

10-7-2018

ANZSRC / FoR Code

220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)

Avondale Research Centre

Scripture, Spirituality and Society Research Centre

Reportable Items (HERDC/ERA)

C1

Abstract

Many believe that the characterisation of Pilate in the Fourth Gospel's Trial Narrative is in conflict with the depiction of him in Philo and Josephus. However, this may be due to a misunderstanding of the Fourth Gospel's purpose in having Pilate interrogating Jesus inside the praetorium while disputing with his accusers outside of it. It is the contention of this essay that the evangelist does not do this to emphasise the vacillating character of Pilate, but to dramatise the regal entrance of Jesus late in the trial as, despite appearances, a true king.

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