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Pontius Pilate examines the portraits of this Roman governor found in the Gospels. Unlike some discussions of Pilate, this one takes Pilate's role as governor and representative of Roman imperial power seriously. It views Pilate predominantly as a strong, efficient, and astute governor, not as a weak and indecisive man, pressured into killing Jesus against Pilates convictions. The conclusion considers some of the ethical and theological issues the scenes involving Pilate raise for contemporary readers.
Chapters are "Would the Real Pilate Please Stand Up?" Reading the Gospel Accounts of Pilate, Governors and the Roman Imperial System, Marks Pilate, Matthews Pilate, Lukes Pilate, and Johns Pilate.
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Warren Carter, Ph.D., is professor of New Testament at Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri. He has published numerous scholarly and ecclesial publications.