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Pontius Pilate

By Ann Wroe
$6.95
Book Details
  • Author: Ann Wroe
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • Published: 2001-03-06
  • Edition: Reprint
A handful of small coins and one inscribed stone are the only physical evidence that Pilate existed. All of the textual sources that mention Pilate, Wroe notes are wrapped in propaganda or agendas that it is difficult to detect what, if anything, may be true. But since Pilate stands at the centre of the Christian story and God's plan of redemption, Wroe persevered in her efforts to discern the profile of his life. The book's bold ambition, however, is not blind. To learn about her subject, Wroe had to sacrifice most of her sympathetic impulses, and shift her concentration to the elements of Roman life that she did not understand. And oddly enough, the passages in which Wroe describes her ignorance most clearly are the passages where we begin to glimpse a man actually walking on a marble floor in Caesarea, feeling his shoes pinch, clicking his fingers for a slave, while clouds of lasting infamy gather overhead.

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