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History Of Pontius Pilate

His Background Before Good Friday

Bill Petro
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4 min readMar 29
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Ecce Homo “Behold the Man” by Antonio Ciseri. Image: Wikipedia

The Roman governor who presided over the trial of Jesus and ordered his crucifixion had a complex background. The name Pontius Pilate provides two valuable clues to his background and ancestry.

The family name, Pontius, was that of a prominent clan among the Samnites, hill cousins of the…