RE: correction: that was a governor, not a king

Subject: RE: correction: that was a governor, not a king
From: "Margaritis, Peter" <PMargaritis -at- alldata -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 10:00:25 -0500

> Right indeed. It was govenor, reigning on behalf of Rome.
>
> Matthew used the verb *aponiptein*, which means "to wash
> off from."
>
> While it was not part of a Roman trial for the judge to wash the
> blood guilt from his hands, the Jews believed in the custom.
> Pilate, catching the crowd's attention with this act, proclaimed,
> "I am innocent of the blood of this just person. It is your affair."
>
> According to Ann Roe ("Pontius Pilate"), the crowd responded with,
> "His blood on us and on our children!"
>
> Memory fades (it's been a while since I read the Bible), but I believe
> it was Pontius Pilate (actually a governor, not a king; mea culpa) who
> symbolically washed his hands while Jesus was persecuted by his fellow
> Jews and the Romans. The governor wanted no part in prosecuting, but
> recognized the unusual circumstances, as distasteful as they were to
> him, and declined to do the brave thing: not let an innocent man be
> crucified.

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