What have you done? (Jn 18:35-18:35)

“Pilate answered.

‘I am not a Jew!

Am I?

Your own nation

And the chief priests

Have handed you

Over to me.

What have you done?’”

ἀπεκρίθη ὁ Πειλᾶτος Μήτι ἐγὼ Ἰουδαῖός εἰμι; τὸ ἔθνος τὸ σὸν καὶ οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς παρέδωκάν σε ἐμοί· τί ἐποίησας;

John uniquely indicated that Pilate (ὁ Πειλᾶτος) answered (ἀπεκρίθη) Jesus that he was not a Jew (Μήτι ἐγὼ Ἰουδαῖός εἰμι).  He said that Jesus’ own countrymen (τὸ ἔθνος τὸ σὸν) and chief priests (καὶ οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς) had handed him (παρέδωκάν σε) over to Pilate (ἐμοί).  He wanted to know what had Jesus done (τί ἐποίησας).  Pilate, using the first person singular, explained that he was not a Jew, so he was not sure what was going on.  Jesus’ own fellow countrymen and the high priests of the Jerusalem Temple had handed Jesus over to Pilate.  Pilate wanted to know what had made those Jerusalem religious officials so angry at him?  This conversation was not in the other synoptics, only here in John.  Have you ever been accused of pretending to be somebody you are not?

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