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Have You Heard Of The Pilate Stone?

posted Oct 12, 2012, 5:43 AM by Grace Christian   [ updated Oct 12, 2012, 5:43 AM by Nate Mosley ]

The Pilate Stone is the name given to a block of limestone with a carved inscription attributed to Pontius Pilate, the fifth Prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, (AD 26–36). As prefect, he served under Emperor Tiberius.  Of course, he is best known as the judge at Jesus' trial and the man who authorized the crucifixion of Jesus. The stone is significant because it is the only universally accepted archaeological find with an inscription mentioning the name "Pontius Pilatus" to date. It was discovered in June 1961 while excavating an ancient theater (built by decree of Herod the Great c. 30 BC), called Caesarea Maritima in the present-day city of Caesarea-on-the-Sea. Other ancient sources also mention Pilate, including Josephus, a Jewish historian who lived in the 1st Century. Items like the Pilate Stone remind us that the Bible is written  about real people from history, and are not just made up stories as some contend.

-Ben Franklin

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