Acta Pilate: Pilate’s Report to Caesar of the Crucifixion of Jesus

Acta Pilate: Pilate’s Report to Caesar of the Crucifixion of Jesus
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Chapter VIII. Vallkus’s Notes—
Acta Pilate, or Pilate’s Report to Caesar of the Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus Valleus Paterculus, a Roman historian, was
nineteen years old when Jesus was born. His works have been thought to be extinct. I know
of but two historians that make reference to his writings, Priscian and Tacitus, who
speak of him as a descendent of an equestrian family of Campania. From what we gather from
these writers, Valleus must have been a close friend of Caesar, who raised him by degrees
until he became one of the great men of Rome, and for sixteen years commanded the army.
He returned to Rome in the year 31 and finished his work, which was called Historia Romania.
He held the office of praetor when Augustus died, and while Vinceus was consul.
Valleus says that in Judea he met a man called Jesus of Nazareth, who was one of the most
remarkable characters he had ever seen; that he was more afraid of Jesus than of a whole
army, for he cured all manner of diseases and raised the dead, and when he cursed the
orchards or fruit-trees for their barrenness, they instantly withered to their roots. After
referring to the wonderful works of Jesus, he says that, although Jesus had such power,
he did not use it to injure anyone, but seemed always inclined to help the poor. Valleus
says the Jews were divided in their opinion of him, the poorer class claiming him as their
king and their deliverer from Roman authority, and that if Jesus should raise an army and
give it the power he could sweep the world in a single day; but the rich Jews hated and
cursed him behind his back, and called him an Egyptian necromancer, though they were
as afraid of him as of death (Valleus Paterculus B.72, found in the Vatican at Rome) PILATE’S REPORT. “To Tiberius Caesar, Emperor of Rome.
“Noble Sovereign Greeting: the events of the last few days in my province have been
of such a character that I will give the details in full as they occurred, as I should not
be surprised if, in the course of time, they may change the destiny of our nation, for
it seems of late that all the gods have ceased to be propitious. I am almost ready to say,
Cursed be the day that I succeeded Vallerius Flaceus in the government of Judea; for since
then my life has been one of continual uneasiness and distress.
“On my arrival at Jerusalem I took possession of the praetorium, and ordered a splendid
feast to be prepared, to which I invited the tetrarch of Galilee, with the high priest
and his officers. At the appointed hour no guests appeared. This I considered as an insult
offered my dignity, and to the whole government which I represent. A few days after the high
priest deigned to pay me a visit. His deportment was grave and deceitful. He pretended his
religion forbade him and his attendants to sit at the table of Romans, and eat and offer
libations with them, but this was only a sanctimonious seeming, for his very countenance betrayed
his hypocrisy. Although I found it expedient to accept his excuse, from that moment I was
convinced that the conquered had declared themselves enemies of the conquerors; and
I would warn the Romans to beware of the high priests of this country. They would betray
their own mother to gain office and luxurious living. It seems to me that, of conquered
cities, Jerusalem is the most difficult to govern. So turbulent are the people that I
live in momentary dread of an insurrection. I have not soldiers sufficient to suppress
it. I had only one centurian and a hundred men at my command. I requested a reinforcement
from the prefect of Syria, who informed me that he had scarcely troops sufficient to
defend his own province. An insatiate thirst for conquest to extend our empire beyond the
means of defending it, I fear, will be the cause of the final overthrow of our whole
government. I live secluded from the masses, for I did not know what those priests might
influence the rabble to do; yet I endeavored to ascertain, as far as I could, the mind
and standing of the people. “Among the various rumors that came to my
ears, there was one in particular that attracted my attention. A young man, it was said, had
appeared in Galilee preaching with a noble unction a new law in the name of the God that
had sent him. At first, I was apprehensive that his design was to stir up the people
against the Romans, but my fears were soon dispelled. Jesus of Nazareth spoke rather
as a friend of the Romans than of the Jews. One day in passing by the place of Siloe,
where there was a great concourse of people, I observed in the midst of the group a young
man who was leaning against a tree, calmly addressing the multitude. I was told it was
Jesus. This I could easily have suspected, so great was the difference between him and
those listening to him. His golden-colored hair and beard gave to his appearance a celestial
aspect. He appeared to be about thirty years of age. Never have I seen a sweeter or more
serene countenance. What a contrast between him and his hearers with their black beards
and tawny complexions! “Unwilling to interrupt him by my presence,
I continued my walk, but signified my secretary to join the group and listen. My secretary’s
name is Manlius. He is the grandson of the conspirators who encamped in Etruria waiting
for Cataline. Manlius had been for a long time an inhabitant of Judea, and is well acquainted
with the Hebrew language. He was devoted to me, and worthy of my confidence. On entering
the praetorium I found Manlius, who related to me the words Jesus had pronounced at Siloe.
Never have I read in the works of the philosophers anything that can compare to the maxims of
Jesus. One of the rebellious Jews, so numerous in Jerusalem, having asked Jesus if it was
lawful to give tribute to Caesar, he replied: ‘Render unto Caesar the things that belong
to Caesar, and unto God the things that are God’s.’
“It was on account of the wisdom of his sayings that I granted so much liberty to
the Nazarene; for it was in my power to have him arrested, and exiled to Pontus; but it
would have been contrary to the justice which has always characterized the Roman government
in all its dealings with men; this man was neither seditious nor rebellious; I extended
to him my protection, unknown perhaps to himself. He was at liberty to act, to speak, to assemble
and address the people, and to choose his disciples, unrestrained by any praetorium
mandate. Should it ever happen (may the gods avert the omen!), should it ever happen, I
say, that the religion of our forefathers will be supplanted by the religion of Jesus,
it will be to this noble toleration that Rome shall owe her premature death, while I, miserable
wretch, will have been the instrument of what the Jews call Providence, and we call destiny.
“This unlimited freedom granted to Jesus provoked the Jews- not the poor, but the rich
and powerful. It is true, Jesus was severe on the latter, and this was a political reason,
in my opinion, for not restraining the liberty of the Nazarene. ‘Scribes and Pharisees’
he would say to them, ‘you are a race of vipers; you resemble painted sepulchers; you
appear well unto men, but you have death within you.’ At other times he would sneer at the
alms of the rich and proud, telling them that the might of the poor was more precious in
the sight of God. Complaints were daily made at the praetorium against the insolence of
Jesus. “I was even informed that some misfortune
would befall him; that it would not be the first time that Jerusalem had stoned those
who call themselves prophets; an appeal would be made to Caesar. However, my conduct was
approved by the Senate, and I was promised a reinforcement after the termination of the
Parthian war. “Being too weak to suppress an insurrection,
I resolved upon adopting a measure that promised to restore the tranquility of the city without
subjecting the praetorium to humiliating concession. I wrote to Jesus requesting an interview with
him at the praetorium. He came. You know that in my veins flows the Spanish mixed with Roman
blood- as incapable of fear as it is of weak emotion. When the Nazarene made his appearance,
I was walking in my basilica, and my feet seemed fastened with an iron hand to the marble
pavement, and I trembled in every limb as does a guilty culprit, though the Nazarene
was as calm as innocence itself. When he came up to me he stopped, and by a signal sign
he seemed to say to me, ‘I am here,’ though he spoke not a word. For some time I contemplated
with admiration and awe this extraordinary type of man- a type of man unknown to our
numerous painters, who have given form and figure to all the gods and heroes. There was
nothing about him that was repelling in its character, yet I felt too awed and tremulous
to approach him. “ ‘Jesus,’ said I unto him at last-
and my tongue faltered- ‘Jesus of Nazareth, for the last three years I have granted you
ample freedom of speech; nor do I regret it. Your words are those of a sage. I know not
whether you have read Socrates or Plato, but this I know, there is in your discourse a
majestic simplicity that elevates you far above these philosophers. The Emperor is informed
of it, and I, his humble representative in this country, am glad of having allowed you
that liberty of which you are so worthy. However, I must not conceal from you that your discourses
have raised up against you powerful and inveterate enemies. Nor is this surprising. Socrates
had his enemies, and he fell victim to their hatred. Yours are doubly incensed- against
you on account of your discourses being so severe on their conduct; against me on account
of the liberty I have afforded you. They even accuse me of being indirectly leagued with
you for the purpose of depriving the Hebrews of the little civil power which Rome has left
them. My request- I do not say my order- is, that you be more circumspect and moderate
in your discourses in the future, and more considerate of them, lest you arouse the pride
of your enemies, and they raise against you the stupid populace, and compel me to employ
the instruments of law.’ “The Nazarene calmly replied: ‘Prince
of the earth, your words proceed not from true wisdom. Say to the torrent to stop in
the midst of the mountain-gorge: it will uproot the trees of the valley. The torrent will
answer you that it obeys the laws of nature and of the Creator. God alone knows wither
flow the waters of the torrent. Verily I say unto you, before the rose of Sharon blossoms
the blood of the just shall be spilt.’ “ ‘Your blood shall not be spilt,’ said
I, with deep emotion; ‘ you are more precious in my estimation on account of your wisdom
than all of the turbulent and proud Pharisees who abuse the freedom granted them by the
Romans. They conspire against Caesar, and convert his bounty into fear, impressing the
unlearned that Caesar is a tyrant and seeks their ruin. Insolent wretches! They are not
aware that the wolf of Tiber sometimes clothes himself with the skin of the sheep to accomplish
his wicked designs. I will protect you against them. My praetorium shall be an asylum, sacred
both day and night.’ “ Jesus carelessly shook his head, and said
with a grave and divine smile: ‘When the day shall have come there will be no asylums
for the son of man, neither in the earth, nor under the earth. The asylum of the just
is there,’ pointing to the Heavens. ‘That which is written in the books
of the prophets must be accomplished.’ “ ‘ Young man,’ I answered, mildly,
‘you will oblige me to convert my request into an order. The safety of the province
which has been confided to my care requires it. You must observe more moderation in your
discourses. Do not infringe my order. You know the consequences. May happiness attend
you; farewell.’ “ ‘ Prince of the earth,’ replied Jesus,
‘I come not to bring war into the world, but peace, love, and charity. I was born the
same day on which Augustus Caesar gave peace to the Roman world. Persecutions proceed not
from me. I expect it from others, and will meet it in obedience to the will of my Father,
who has shown me the way. Restrain, therefore, your worldly prudence. It is not in your power
to arrest the victim at the foot of the tabernacle of explation.’
“ So saying, he disappeared like a bright shadow behind the curtains of the basilica-
to my great relief, for I felt a heavy burden on me, of which I could not relieve myself
while in his presence. “ To Herod, who then reigned in Galilee,
the enemies of Jesus addressed themselves, to wreak their vengeance on the Nazarene.
Had Herod consulted his own inclinations, he would have ordered Jesus immediately put
to death; but, though proud of his royal dignity, yet he hesitated to commit an act that might
lessen his influence with the Senate, or, like me, was afraid of Jesus. But it would
never do for a Roman officer to be scared by a Jew. Previously to this, Herod called
on me at the praetorium, and, on rising to leave, after some rifling conversation, asked
me what was my opinion concerning the Nazarene. I replied that Jesus appeared to me to be
one of those great philosophers that great nations sometimes produced; that his doctrines
were by no means sacrilegious, and that the intentions of Rome were to leave him to that
freedom of speech which was justified by his actions. Herod smiled maliciously, and, saluting
me with ironical respect, departed. “ The great feast of the Jews was approaching
and the intention was to avail themselves of the popular exultation which always manifests
itself at the solemnities of Passover. The city was overflowing with a tulmultuous populace,
clamoring for the death of the Nazarene. My emissaries informed me that the treasure of
the temple had been employed in bribing the people. The danger was pressing. A Roman centurian
had been insulted. I wrote to the Prefect of Syria for a hundred foot-soldiers and as
many cavalry. He declined. I saw myself alone with a handful of veterans in the midst of
a rebellious city, too weak to suppress an uprising, and having no choice left but to
tolerate it. They had seized Jesus, and the seditious rabble, although they had nothing
to fear from the praetorium, believing, as their leaders had told them, that I winked
at their sedition- continued vociferating: ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!’
“Three powerful parties had combined together at that time against Jesus: First, the Herodians
and the Sadducees, whose seditious conduct seemed to have proceeded from double motives:
they hated the Nazarene and were impatient of the Roman yoke. They never forgave me for
having entered the holy city with banners that bore the image of the Roman emperor;
and although in this instance I had committed a fatal error, yet the sacrilege did not appear
less heinous in their eyes. Another grievance also rankled their bosoms. I had proposed
to employ a part of the treasure of the temple for public use. My proposal was scorned. The
Pharisees were avowed enemies of Jesus. They cared not for the government. They bore with
bitterness the severe reprimands which the Nazarene for three years had been continually
giving them wherever he went. Timid and too weak to act by themselves, they had embraced
the quarrels of the Herodians and the Sadducees. Besides theses three parties, I had to contend
against the reckless and profligate populace, always ready to join a sedition, and to profit
by the disorder and confusion that resulted therefrom.
“Jesus was dragged before the High Priest and condemned to death. It was then that the
High Priest, Caiaphas, performed a divisory act of submission. He sent his prisoner to
me to confirm his condemnation and secure his execution. I answered him that, as Jesus
was a Galilean, the affair came under Herod’s jurisdiction, and ordered him to be sent tither.
The wily tetrarch professed humility, and, protesting his deference to the lieutenant
of Caesar, he committed the fate of the man to my hands. Soon my palace assumed the aspect
of a besieged citadel. Every moment increased the number of malcontents. Jerusalem was inundated
with crowds from the mountains of Nazareth. All Judea appeared to be pouring into the
city. “ I had taken a wife from among the Gauls,
who pretended to see into futurity. Weeping and throwing herself at my feet she said to
me: ‘Beware, beware, and touch not that man; for he is holy. Last night I saw him
in a vision. He was walking on the waters; he was flying on the wings of the wind. He
spoke to the tempest and to the fishes of the lake; all were obedient to him. Behold,
the torrents in Mount Kedron flows with blood, the statues of Caesar are filled with gemonide;
the columns of the interium have given away, and the sun is veiled in mourning like a vestal
in the tomb. Ah! Pilate, evil awaits thee. If thou wilt not listen to the vows of thy
wife, dread the curse of a Roman Senate; dread the frowns of Caesar.’
“By this time the marble stairs groaned under the weight of the multitude. The Nazarene
was brought back to me. I proceeded to the halls of justice, followed by my guard, and
asked the people in a severe tone what they demanded.
“ ‘ The death of the Nazarene,’ was the reply.
“ ‘ For what crime?’ “ ‘ He has blasphemed; he has prophesied
the ruin of the temple; he calls himself the Son of God, the Messiah, the King of the Jews.’
“ ‘ Roman justice,’ said I, ‘punishes not such offences with death.’
“ ‘ Crucify him! Crucify him!’ cried the relentless rabble. The vociferations of
the infuriated mob shook the palace to its foundations.
“ There was but one who appeared to be calm in the midst of the vast multitude; it was
the Nazarene. After many fruitless attempts to protect him from the fury of his merciless
persecutors, I adopted a measure which at the moment appeared to me to be the only one
that could save his life. I proposed, as it was their custom to deliver a prisoner on
such occasions, to release Jesus and let him go free, that he might be the scapegoat, as
they called it; but they said Jesus must be crucified. I then spoke to them of the inconsistency
of their course as being incompatible with their laws, showing that no criminal judge
could pass a sentence on a criminal unless he had fasted one whole day; and that the
sentence must have the consent of the Sanhedrim, and the signature of the president of that
court; that no criminal could be executed on the same day his sentence was fixed, and
the next day, on the day of his execution, the Sanhedrim was required to review the whole
proceeding; also, according to their law, a man was stationed at the door of the court
with a flag, and another a short way off on horseback to cry the name of the criminal
and his crime, and the names of the witnesses, and to know if anyone could testify in his
favor; and the prisoner on his way to execution had the right to turn back three times, and
to plead anything new in his favor. I urged all these pleas, hoping they might awe them
into subjection; but they still cried, ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!’
“ I then ordered Jesus to be scourged, hoping this might satisfy them; but it only increased
their fury. I then called for a basin, and washed my hands in the presence of the clamorous
multitude, thus testifying that in my judgment Jesus of Nazareth had done nothing deserving
death; but in vain. It was his life these wretches thirsted for.
“ Often in our civil commotions have I witnesses the furious anger of the multitude, but nothing
could be compared to what I witnessed on this occasion. It might have been truly said that
all the phantoms of the infernal regions had assembled at Jerusalem. The crowd appeared
not to walk, but to be borne off and whirled as a vortex, rolling along in living waves
from the portals of the praetorium even unto Mount Zion, with howling screams, shrieks,
and vociferations such as were never heard in the seditions of Pannonia, or in the tumults
of the forum. “ By degrees the day darkened like a winter’s
twilight, such as had been at the death of the great Julius Caesar. It was likewise the
Ides of March. I, the continued governor of a rebellious province, was leaning against
a column of my basilica, contemplating athwart the dreamy gloom these fiends of Tartarus
dragging to execution the innocent Nazarene. All around me was deserted. Jerusalem had
vomited forth her indwellers through the funeral gate that leads to Gemonica. An air of desolation
and sadness enveloped me. My guards had joined the cavalry, and the centurian, with a display
of power, was endeavoring to keep order. I was left alone, and my breaking heart admonished
me that what was passing at that moment appertained rather to the history of the gods than of
men. A loud clamor was heard proceeding from Golgotha, which, borne on the winds, seemed
to announce an agony such as was never heard by mortal ears. Dark clouds lowered over the
pinnacle of the temple, and setting over the city covered as with a veil. So dreadful were
the signs that men saw both in the heavens and on earth that Dionysius the Aeropagite
is reported to have exclaimed, ‘Either the author of nature is suffering or the universe
is falling apart.’ “ Whilst these appalling scenes of nature
were transpiring, there was a dreadful earthquake in lower Egypt, which filled everybody with
fear, and scared the superstitious Jews almost to death. It is said Balthasar, an aged and
learned Jew of Antioch, was found dead after the excitement was over. Whether he died from
alarm or grief is not known. He was a strong friend of the Nazarene.
“ Near the first hour of the night I threw my mantle around me, and went down into the
city toward the gates of Golgotha. The sacrifice was consummated. The crowd was returning home,
still agitated, it is true, but gloomy, taciturn, and desperate. What they had witnessed had
stricken them with terror and remorse. I also saw my little Roman cohort pass by mournfully,
the standard-bearer having veiled his eagle in token of grief; and I overheard some of
the Jewish soldiers murmuring strange words which I did not understand. Others were recounting
miracles very like those which have so often smitten the Romans by the will of the gods.
Sometimes groups of men and women would balt, then, looking back toward Mount Calvary, would
remain motionless in expectation of witnessing some new prodigy.
“ I returned to the praetorium, sad and pensive. On ascending the stairs, the steps
of which were still stained with the blood of the Nazarene, I perceived an old man in
a suppliant posture, and behind him several Romans in tears. He threw himself at my feet
and wept most bitterly. It is painful to see an old man weep, and my heart already being
overcharged with grief, we, though strangers, wept together. And in truth it seemed that
the tears lay very shallow that day with many whom I perceived in the vast concourse of
people. I never witnessed such an extreme revulsion of feeling. Those who betrayed and
sold him, those who testified against him, those who cried, ‘Crucify him, we have his
blood,’ all slunk off like cowardly curs, and washed their teeth with vinegar. As I
am told that Jesus taught resurrection and a separation after death, if such should be
the fact I am sure it commenced in this vast crowd.
“ ‘ Father,’ said I to him, after gaining control of my feeling, ‘ who are you, and
what is your request?’ “ ‘ I am Joseph of Arimathea,’ replied
he, ‘and am come to beg you upon my knees permission to bury Jesus of Nazareth.’
“ ‘ Your prayer is granted,’ said I to him; and at the same time I ordered Manlius
to take some soldiers with him to superintend the interment, lest it should be profaned.
“ A few days after the sepulcher was found empty. His disciples proclaimed all over the
country that Jesus had risen from the dead, as he had foretold. This created more excitement
even than the crucifixion. As to its truth I cannot say for certain, but I have made
some investigations of the matter; so you can examine for yourself and see if I am a
fault, as Herod represents. “ Joseph buried Jesus in his own tomb. Whether
he contemplated his resurrection or calculated to cut him another, I cannot tell. The day
after he was buried, one of the priests came to the praetorium and said they were apprehensive
that his disciples intended to steal the body of Jesus and hide it, and then make it appear
that he had risen from the dead, as he had foretold, and of which they were perfectly
convinced. I sent him to the captain of the royal guard, Malcus, to tell him to take the
Jewish soldiers, place as many around he sepulcher as were needed; then if anything should happen
they could blame themselves, and not the Romans. “ When the great excitement arose about
the sepulcher being found empty, I felt a deeper solicitude than ever. I sent for Malcus,
who told me he had placed his lieutenant, Ben Isham, with one hundred soldiers around
the sepulcher. He told me that Isham and the soldiers were very much alarmed at what had
occurred there that morning. I sent for this man Isham, who related to me, as near as I
can recollect, the following circumstances: He said that at about the beginning of the
fourth watch they saw a soft and beautiful light over the sepulcher. He at first thought
that the women had come to embalm the body of Jesus, as was their custom, but he could
not see how they had gotten through the guards. While these thoughts were passing through
his mind, behold, the whole place was lighted up, and there seemed to be crowds of the dead
in their grave-clothes. All seemed to be shouting and filled with ecstasy, while all around
and above was the most beautiful music he had ever heard; and the whole air seemed to
be full of voices praising God. At this time there seemed to be a reeling and spinning
of the earth, so that he turned so sick and faint that he could not stand on his feet.
He said the earth seemed to swim from under him, and his senses left him, so that he knew
not what did occur. I asked him in what condition he was when he came to himself. He said he
was lying on the ground with his face down. I asked him if he could not have been mistaken
as to the light. Was it not day that was coming in the East? He said at first he thought of
that, but at a stone’s cast it was exceedingly dark; then he remembered it was too early
for day. I asked him if his dizziness might not have come from being wakened up and getting
up too suddenly, as it sometimes had that effect. He said he was not, and had not been
asleep all night, as the penalty was death for him to sleep on duty. He said he had let
some of the soldiers sleep at a time. Some were asleep then. I asked him how long the
scene had lasted. He said he did not know, but he thought nearly an hour. He said it
was hid by the light of day. I asked him if he went to the sepulcher after he had come
to himself. He said no, because he was afraid; just as soon as the relief came they all went
to their quarters. I asked him if he had been questioned by the priests. He said he had.
They wanted him to say it was an earthquake, and that they were asleep, and offered him
money to say that he disciples came and stole Jesus; but he saw no disciples; he did not
know that the body was gone until he was told. I asked him what was the private opinion of
those priests he had conversed with. He said that some of them thought that Jesus was no
man; that he was not a human being; that he was not the son of Mary; that he was not the
same that was said to be born of the virgin in Bethlehem; that the same person had been
on the earth before with Abraham and Lot, and at many times and places.
“ It seemed to me that, if the Jewish theory be true, these conclusions are correct, for
they are in accord with this man’s life, as is known and testified by both friends
and foes, for the elements were no more in his hands than the clay in the hands of the
potter. He could convert water into wine; he could change death into life, disease into
health; he could calm the seas, still the storms, call up fish with a silver coin in
his mouth. Now, I say, if he could do all these things, which he did, and many more,
as the Jews all testify, and it was doing these things that created the enmity against
him- he was not charged with criminal offences, nor was he charged with violating any law,
nor of wronging any individual in person, and all these facts are known to thousands,
as well by his foes as by his friends- I am almost ready to say, as did Manulas at the
cross, “Truly this was the Son of God.” “Now noble Sovereign, this is as near the
facts in the case as I can arrive at, and I have taken pains to make the statement very
full, so that you may judge of my conduct upon the whole, as I hear that Antipater has
said many hard things of me in this matter. With the promise of faithfulness and good
wishes to my noble Sovereign, “ I am your most obedient servant,
“PONTIUS PILATE.”

The Gospel of Nicodemus, also known as the Acts of Pilate (Latin: Acta Pilati; Greek: πράξεις πιλάτου), is an apocryphal gospel claimed to have been derived from an original Hebrew work written by Nicodemus, who appears in the Gospel of John as an associate of Jesus.

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/actspilate.html An interesting read, short.

Beautiful 😍
Thank you…
Yeshua Ben David had reddish blonde hair blue eyes…
King David had red hair…

Whether authentic or fake, it does not change anything. I do have to believe that Pilate was probably confronted by the truth when Jesus was handed over to him or shortly after.

I think this of of Constantine's time. Pilate was not a loving peace seeking Roman. This is revisionist history which is happening among many people's history.

This a favorable narrative on Jesus and Christianity related by high Roman officials, at a time when they were supposed to persecute Christians. Sounds like a late fabrication when the Roman Empire adopted Christianity and promoted vicious antisemitism using these kinds of faked official Roman praetorial releases.

If it’s true claim it’s false. If it’s false claim it’s true. At this point I don’t give a hoot, it’s a nice story.

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I don't think this is legit.. I don't think Pilate would have the courage to say to his master Caesar some of the things he is writing in this

This is obvious BS, for so many reasons. No midlevel administrator, such as Pilate, would undermine his position by predicting the possibility of any movement supplanting Roman rule, much less admitting he let it go unchecked. Furthermore, he wouldn't waste Tiberius's time with such drivel from the edge of nowhere. Stuff such as this was routinely crushed, stamped out, and quickly forgotten. Christians should have more discernment than to be taken in by this. The Tooth Fairy has more credibility than this 'Acta Pilate' crap.

According to pilate's report, Jesus was born at the beginning of pax Romana in 27 BCE…. So he was crucified in 7 AD…. 33 years

CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS CHRIST

In 1975, UNESCO distributed texts from the Bible that were uncovered in Nag Hammadi, in the highlands of Egypt; they were actually discovered in 1945. Among these texts is the following passage, which is mentioned here verbatim:

“It was ANOTHER person who drank the bitterness and vinegar, and NOT I. And it was ANOTHER (Simon Peter) who carried the cross on his shoulders; and it was yet ANOTHER who put a crown of thorns upon his head. Meanwhile, I was above, laughing at their ignorance.”

Incidentally, 1400 years ago the Quran reveals:

وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ وَمَا صَلَبُوهُ وَلَكِنْ شُبِّهَ لَهُمْ وَإِنَّ الَّذِينَ اخْتَلَفُوا فِيهِ لَفِي شَكٍّ مِنْهُ مَا لَهُمْ بِهِ مِنْ عِلْمٍ إِلاَّ اتِّبَاعَ الظَّنِّ وَمَا قَتَلُوهُ يَقِينًا

Quran: Chapter 4 (Al-Neesã’, النساء) Verse 157.

بَلْ رَفَعَهُ اللَّهُ إِلَيْهِ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَزِيزًا حَكِيمًا

Quran: Chapter 4 (Al-Neesã’, النساء) Verse 158.

[4:157] And for claiming that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of GOD. In fact, they NEVER killed him, they NEVER crucified him—they were made to think that they did. All factions who are disputing in this matter are FULL OF DOUBT concerning this issue. They possess no knowledge; they only conjecture. For certain, they NEVER killed him.

[4:158] Instead, GOD raised him to Him; GOD is Almighty, Most Wise.

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Amen! This in a way could be considered The Gospel According to Pilate. God is so good even Pilate felt his warm presence.

Pilate describes Jesus to Tiberius as having golden beard and hair. I’m inclined to think that this is the case. The makers of films about him have never portrayed him accurately.
There was an earthquake in the middle and lower Egyptian kingdom.

Gaius Julius Caesar IV died in 44 BC so how could Pilate report to Caesar on the Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus?

Ridiculous. Fake as a $3 bill. Plus it should be added that Pilot would sooner be writing Pizo or Germanicus before the Emperor. Another fast one depending upon the ignorance of the reader when it comes to the true Roman history in that region at that time. Pen of a snake.

I'm sure that what the Jewish priest told was true that his disciple tried to steal his body to make it looks like he's resurrected. that was the best explanation

This is the 2nd time I've seen this letter. Firs off I doubt seriously that he had golden hair as he came from parents of middle eastern decent. He would have dark hair, dark beard with an olive type of complexion. My understanding is that this is a phony. Based on the previous post that I found on YouTube.

Ahh, para Abdul…pasti tetap gak ngerti.
Para Abdul, matanya seperti ikan bandeng dan otaknya kayak udang.
Artinya : All Abdul is idiot.

Nothing in this video matters, because the fact has it that a innocent man was murdered for teaching in public. His ministry preached peace, that while someone should slap you on your cheek that you should turn him the other as well. That you are to love each other and live righteous lives. Who gets killed for preaching peace, its totally insane. War Mongers, peace haters, evil doers, l guess the world was upside down that dreadful day. Talk about your bizzaro world, where someone is murdered for doing good things, healing the lame raising the dead, preaching peace. BUT, why not. Seems what the world needed was that extra push of love to open the eyes of them hell bent on world affairs and evil mindedness to finally break the spell of sin. If l had been there l am sure l would have cast my lot for His death too, then afterwards l would have been rewarded with my vision of how things really should be. I would have cried and asked for forgiveness then perhaps I also would have toiled the rest of my days at getting other to accept Jesus withholding nothing and telling all that l saw and knew of Him in order to convert as many as possible in hopes of being accepted by Him and forgiven for my behavior and antoning for my evil acceptance of His death/murder.

Has this been authenticated and endorsed by credible historians. I have been defending the historicity of Jesus Christ for years and have never seen this, which if is not a hoax, would have been Quoted by many others because of all the corresponding (to the Bible) detail.

These people have got to be atheist trolls…no one with any sense would believe this. Pilate’s report to Rome would not be more than a few paragraphs in the blotter that another subversive instigator was executed along with 2 thieves. Give me a brake Tiberius would not have been interested in this incident at the time. I think he was dealing with the Britannia uprising of Queen Boudicea at the same time.

This is a fabricated story! The speaker on the clip and with whom ever else he compiled with had or have only one thing in mind RACE. like it or not our lord JESUS CHRIST was a black man period.

For a religious people that prides themselves on honest and moral behaviour, they sure tell a lot of lies.

The books aka bible, Is the HISTORY of the Caucasians all 13 tribes turned into Religion 325 by Constantine, Race has removed, That's why HE said I come only for the house of Ishrael, 7 races before Adam Deut 7:1-4 Gen 2.. Eskimos, Papuans, Hottentots, Aborigines, Mongoloids, Negros, Dravidians. Then came Adam. Gen 5: 1

The Talmud the blasphemous books of the Jewa was written down till the 12th century in it they say Jesus was a magician.

When he walked this earth his name was Yeshua not Jesus!
The name Jesus was used 100+ years later there was no man named Jesus in Israel at the time especially when this fake BS was supposedly written.

This is a known fake. Here is a link to the scholar Edgar J. Goodspeed who wrote about it in 1931:
http://www.tertullian.org/articles/goodspeed_strange_new_gospels.htm#5

If only it were real. It could be if it didn't read so much like a 19th century novel in its style and syntax.

Amazing the hope you bring with this message, Yet we see the denial and arrogance of some comments to discredit this new message. Whether it be true or not, it brings hope to those that believe. Not all messages so called made by divine intervention call for love and peace and good will to others. As I  recall one religion instructs  to lie and cheat to achieve a goal or an agenda. I'd hate to mention about that matter. Pontious Pilate was unpopular to the Jewish authorities due to his sympathy to Jesus, that;s why his tale is that of distress. But now to the faithless I say, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, for whosoever believeth in him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Whether you live or die,, love, happiness, giving and sharing, kindness, etc. will always remind those that after you are gone, they will always remember you for your deeds, and to me that is enough.

totally fabricated document,..just like the Gospels,,,just like Jesus as a historical figure,,,,take the time and watch this…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmEScIUcvz0

As a christian I was interested in this but as an educated person I have serious doubts about the authenticity of this document. I hope it's real but I'm about 90 percent sure it's a hoax.

HMMMMM   !!I THOUGHT IT WAS FAR TO GOOD TO BE TRUE   !!!ITS SCRIPT BIT  2IST CENTURY  —-  LANGUAGE  & THOUGHT    !!!DID THEY REALLY THINK LIKE IT   !!!THE ARCHKO VOLUME  POSSIBLY BE    "FAKE  "   !!!BUT THERE'S HOPE FOR SOME PEOPLE   !!!I FELT THE THINKING IN THOSE ANCIENT TIMES WERE NOT SO SENTIMENTAL NOR  CHARITABLE   ?????  —  SURELY   !!WHEN I FIRST WATCHED THIS VIDEO SOME YEARS AGO  !!!AFTER A WHILE I REALSIED ITS " STRANGE"    HOW COULD THEY THINK LIKE  IT   !!!FROM (U.K.).

A few things stood out to me, that this may not be a true account, but a fanciful imagination. The first thing was Pilate saying he was a miserable wretch, as that usually would be from one who does not feel worthy of God's love and salvation, who is already saved and know the mercies of a Loving Father.

Another was in opposition to Matthew-10:34 That Jesus came not the send peace but a sword. But at 11:35 He does not come to bring peace love and charity. At least not to the world, but can can find those things in Him by accepting Him and putting all your trust in Him. But He most certainly came to separate us from this evil world.

Universe is a modern word from Universum in Latin and only from the 1500's (21:00 mark);
Back then they knew the Cosmology of Earth, and Universe only came about through heliocentrisum of helios sun worship and the big bang made up by Jesuits from the RCC.

Isn't it a little odd that even though the now holy lands were greatly visited and written about during these times, not a single visitor or trader who came back from there mentions jesus anywhere ( although oddly, two wrote about John the Baptist)

Hello my brothers and sisters look the promises from Jesus to those who will pray this and share it! God bless you all! http://www.faustina-message.com/chaplet-divine-mercy-prayer.htm

It’s funny how a letter from Pilot is considered fake because it gives his view on Jesus, if you ask me, it’s very convincing that there are people that Jesus impacted other than his disciples, impacted so much that people (like pilot) even had to tell somebody lol, the more proof there is about Jesus, the more people wanna deny, but keep denying, because at the end when Jesus comes back, all will confess, he is lord, so have your worldly fun now, cause when it’s over, fire from the heavens shall burn it all

Many years ago this book was been proven to be a complete forgery.

The original publication was from the year 1884 and contained chaptor 8: “Eli’s Story of the Magi” which some excerpts were found to be word-for-word identical with the 1880 novel “Ben Hur”

The author Mahan was brought before a church court, convicted of forgery, plagiarism, and suspended for a year.

Many years later a “revised” version appeared although it omitted “Eli and the story of the Magi” The omission of the “Eli” text suggests that the court verdict was known to the second publisher.

The circumstances of composition, the letters to the “Boonville Advertiser”, and the proceedings of the church court were all investigated by the Biblical Scholar Dr. Edgar J. Goodspeed and published in his books Strange New Gospels (1931) and Modern Apocrypha (1956).

it's interesting in the way other documentaries and plays regarding the time are, kinda like Jesus Christ, Superstar. It's a touching apologia of faith, but it is historical fiction in the way many works on such as Lincoln are.

You should really take this down. It doesn't honor Christ to perpetuate fraud. There are no surviving manuscripts of Pilate. Jesus said "I am the truth," we need to be careful to cling to truth.

I would say probable forgery. First searching for the letter before a link/source was added revealed at least 3 letters, each is written differently:
Letter of Pilate to Tiberius 1 – Unable to verify by finding an image of the original Greek manuscript
Letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar – mentions Copies are in the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C. but initial searches reveal nothing, and some sites say mention:
"The Library of Congress has received a number of inquiries over the years about a purported letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar concerning Jesus Christ. The Library does not have such a letter in its collections".

Fraud by Pilate Letter – although this seems to be claiming the letter is false (I google translated it), the text of this letter is unique from the other two. This also mentions a fiction book, Letters of Pontius Pilate, published in 1928 which may be the basis for many of the supposed letters that mention Jesus
Historic Letter written by Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar – mentioned in OP question mentions it is in the British Museum but searches on that site and of the British Museum Library reveal nothing

I've found a supposed response from the British Museum

There are no surviving original letters by Herod or Pontius Pilate, to each other or to anyone else. Any manuscripts of them which do exist are forgeries or much later copies. A Syriac MS in the British Library Oriental Collections (reference number Add. 14609) contains a 6th or 7th Century copy of the letters. Here is the catalogue description of the MS:

THE DOCTRINE Of St. Peter;-The life of St. Anthony, by St. Athan- asius;-Account of the Monks in Egypt;-Life of Serapion;- Letter of Herod to Pilate, and of Pilate to Herod;-The Recogni- tions of St. Clement. On vellum, of the vith or viith century. Quarto. [14,609.]

There are many modern texts and English translations of the letters, including the one on the website link you gave.

I hope this helps.
Yours sincerely,
Zoë Stansell 2

MSS Enquiries
In favor of the a letter from Pilate concerning Jesus is this book, Archaeological Writings of the Sanhedrin and Talmuds of the Jews by William Dennes Mahan, page 205. This and other sources might be considered pseudipigrapha and Apocrypha.

One to thing to remember is that Pontius Pilate was a Roman prefect for the province of Judaea under Empereor Tiberius Caesar. There probably was correspondences, reports, and/or letters between them.

To answer the second question there is an article talking about when one letter was discovered in Liverpool in 1964 and goes into detail on why he believes it to be a fraud.

1 source is Ante-Nicene Fathers page 459, which is also in English
2 She appears to actually work at the British Library, see the author.

https://christianity.stackexchange.com/…/authenticity...

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God uses who he pleases as his humble wittneses on earth, most the unsuspected. Pilate witnessed Jesus and the great occurrences at his death, which indeed impressed many. He definitely heard the celestial reports of the resurrection too and this must have altogether touched his heart. But as anything concerning the truth, it will be widely denied.

Concerning Jesus looks. He only had an earthly mother. God does appear to love beauty. Why wouldn't his son be beautiful and also blond? Why?

wow this help me in my study to what happen to my nation and why my forefather went into slavery and why we still in the hand of our captor still in a land that is not our forefathers know you black men your back bone is the America dream, we as the Israelites nation from the tribe of Judah our history teach us all we went threw for the sin of our forefathers 7major captivates from yah to now EGYPT,ASSYRIA;BABYLLONRS;PERSIA;GREEK;ROMAN;AMERICA.

ISRAELITE WE MUST KEEP YAH LAW'S STATUTES AND COMMANDMENTS that he gave to OUR FOREFATHER CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE(EGYPT).we need to know our history so we can stop repeating our forefather sins against our most high who has chosen us to be his chosen us to be a set apart peoples not to follow the ways of the other heathens nation as our books tell our people no one got yah laws and commandment but us that is why we as a nation is at the bottom because we don't do as we are told Deuteronomy6:1-12

BUT JESUS IS THE SON OF MIGHTY GOD,,,, THE GOD OF ALL ,, THE FATHER IN HIM ,,,, WITH GOD ALL CAN CHANGE ,, ALL IS POSSIBLE,, , HE IS GOD!!!! NO MORE QUESTION PLEASE,!!!! I BELIEVE JESUS HAIR WERE LIGHT DUE TO SUN GENTLY BLEACHING THEM,,, BUT I KNOW THAT HIS BEAUTY HIS LOOKS WOULD HAVE BEEN MAGNETIC,, MAJESTIC & DISARMING, GENTLE BUT FIRM,,, HIS EYES GOLDEN& BLUYSH GREY LIKE A MIRROR IN DAY LIGHT & HIS SKIN A LIGHT OLIVE ON THE PINKISH REDISH SIDE,,, TALL TONNED PLENTY THICK RUFFLED HAIR A WONDER TO LOOK AT,,,,THE UNIQUE JESUS OUR TRUE SAVIOUR, KING OF PEACE , , REDEMER OF THE HUMAN RACE ,, LIGHT OF THIS WORLD,, GOD BORN OFGOD,, SON OF GOD & SON OF MARY,,, HIS FATHER EVEN GAIVE HIM HIS NAME,,,,GOD HAS SHOWN HIS FACE TROUGH IS SON , NEED TO SAY MORE? / GOD IS ALSO OUR TRUE FATHER…..AMEN

JESUS WAS HUMANLY DEVINE HIS SPIRIT WAS IS DEVINE,, HE IS THE GREATEST MAN THAT WALKED ON THIS EARTH!!!

I have many questions but 1 in particular is toward the description of Jesus. This made it seem like he was a very attractive young man. But the bible says otherwise?

What silly nonsense… This is pure fantasy as is, in fact, the entire tale in the Bible… It did not happen as depicted and it was probably not the work of Pontius Pilate… It is historical fiction as best and mythical at worst…

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