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LESSON 165: PILATE AND THE ROMAN TRIAL

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

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INTRODUCTION. After the Sanhedrin pronounced the guilty verdict upon Jesus, the chief

priests, elders, and scribes (the whole council, Mark 15:1) sent him to Pilate, the Roman governor, for judgment. Although Roman law had its origin in the love of justice, and it jealously guarded the rights of Roman citizens, non-Roman citizens in conquered provinces were at the mercy of the Roman procurators (governors). These Roman governors were responsible only to the emperor. Nevertheless, a Roman governor was not allowed to violate established principles of the law.

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