Pilate asks about the accusations (Jn 18:29-18:29)


Pilate went out

To them.

He said.

‘What accusation

Do you bring

Against this man?’”

ἐξῆλθεν οὖν ὁ Πειλᾶτος ἔξω πρὸς αὐτοὺς καὶ φησίν Τίνα κατηγορίαν φέρετε τοῦ ἀνθρώπου τούτου;

John uniquely indicated that Pilate (οὖν ὁ Πειλᾶτος) went (ἐξῆλθεν) out to meet these Jewish leaders (ἔξω πρὸς αὐτοὺς) early in the morning.  He said to them (καὶ φησίν), “What accusation do you bring against this man (Τίνα κατηγορίαν φέρετε τοῦ ἀνθρώπου τούτου)?”  In the other synoptic gospel stories, there was no greeting by Pilate.  They brought Jesus into Pilate.  Who was this Pontius Pilate?  Pilate was the rather cruel Roman ruler, prefect, or governor of Judea from 26-36 CE, the exact time frame of Jesus.  Interesting enough, a whole literature and artistic presentation of Pontius Pilate developed in 20th century with movie and TV portrayals of him.  He was certainly a central figure in this Passion of Jesus presentation as he had jurisdiction over death penalties.  Only John had this conversation of Pilate and the Jewish leaders.  The other synoptic gospels did not have this discussion outside.  Have you ever accused anyone of some wrong doing?

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