Is he an evildoer? (Jn 18:30-18:30)

“They answered.

‘If this man

Was not a criminal,

We would not have handed

Him over

To you.’”

ἀπεκρίθησαν καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ Εἰ μὴ ἦν οὗτος κακὸν ποιῶν, οὐκ ἄν σοι παρεδώκαμεν αὐτόν.

John uniquely indicated that these Jewish religious leaders answered (ἀπεκρίθησαν) Pilate.  They said to him (καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ) that if this man were not a person doing evil or a criminal (Εἰ μὴ ἦν οὗτος κακὸν ποιῶν), they would not have handed him over to him (οὐκ ἄν σοι παρεδώκαμεν αὐτόν).  Pilate wanted to know why they were bringing Jesus to him.  These leaders said that that was a stupid question, since they would not have brought Jesus to him if he were not a criminal or an evildoer.  Only John had this conversation of Pilate with the Jewish leaders outside the praetorium, since the other three synoptic gospels did not have this discussion.  Do only criminals get accused?

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