OT: Pontius Pilate's Seal Ring Reportedly Found

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Gordon Jones | Forum Activity | Posted: Thu, Nov 29 2018 3:13 PM

A seal ring bearing the name of Pilate has been discovered at the Herodion. It was discovered some time ago but only recently cleaned, inspected and recognized for what it is.

www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-ring-of-roman-governor-pontius-pilate-who-executed-jesus-found-in-herodion-site-1.6699353

www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Inscription-revealed-on-Jesuss-killers-ring-573145

www.timesofisrael.com/2000-year-old-ring-engraved-with-pilate-may-have-belonged-to-notorious-ruler

If authentic, as it appears to be, this is only the second instance of non-Biblical evidence for the existence of Pilate. The first was the discovery in 1961 in Caesarea Maritima of a stone block inscribed with his name.

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 29 2018 5:49 PM

That's pretty cool.

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Thaddeus Billman | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 29 2018 6:06 PM

Gordon Jones:

If authentic, as it appears to be, this is only the second instance of archaeological evidence for the existence of Pilate. The first was the discovery in 1961 in Caesarea Maritima of a stone block inscribed with his name.

Fixed that for you.  Philo and Josephus both talk about Pilate and neither is part of the Bible. :)  Still a cool discovery.

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Gordon Jones | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 30 2018 5:27 AM

Oops, good catch Thaddeus! Yes, it appears that the ring is only the second instance of archaeological evidence for the existence of Pilate. Thanks! Big Smile Yes

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Lee | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 30 2018 8:23 AM

I seem recall another piece of "hard evidence" other than the Caesarea Maritima inscription, but WOW THE RING!

As archeological methods improve, I am hopeful that we will see more conclusive evidence of fundamental characters and time-lines in the Bible.

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