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The only historic figure outside the early Christiantradition to whom the Gospels ascribe a dialoguewith Jesus is the first-century Roman prefect PontiusPilate. Presiding over the trial and execution of Jesus, Pilateis a figure who has straddled the border between history andlegend for over two thousand years. Yet what do we actuallyknow of him? Now, renowned classical historian Aldo Schiavoneanswers those questions and presents a comprehensive,revisionist biography of Pilate that meticulously reconstructsthe social, religious, and political context in which his fatefulencounter with Jesus took place. Drawing on a wealth of originalresearch, Schiavone weaves together all the sources available,from epigraphs to the Gospels, from Josephus to Tacitus andPhilon, to create a portrait that approaches its subject as if forthe first time, without any other intent—either theological orpolitical—than to try to explain what might have happened.
Number of Pages: 224
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Author: Aldo Schiavone
Street Date: February 28, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-1354