Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Ring of Pontius Pilate?

A 2,000-year-old bronze ring found near Bethlehem in 2018 bears the name of Pontius Pilate, the Roman official who ordered Jesus Christ to be crucified. Pilate was prefect or governor of the Roman province of Judaea under Emperor Tiberius when he presided at Christ’s trial and gave the order for his crucifixion.

The ring was found 50 years ago during an archeological excavation at the site of a fortress built by King Herod, but was overlooked for decades
One of the New Testament’s most infamous characters, Pontius Pilate ruled Judaea from around AD 26-36. According to accounts in the New Testament, he was reluctant to condemn Christ to death and washed his hands to symbolise that he abdicated responsibility for the crucifixion.