Pontius Pilate: A Novel

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Kregel Publications, 1995 - Fiction - 384 pages
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In a world full of DVD extras, behind-the-scenes commentary, and social media, people are used to getting the story behind the story. Readers want to understand not just what happened but why. This historical novel of the man who washed his hands of the crucifixion does just that! Award-winning historian and best-selling author Paul L. Maier has created a compelling style of documentary fiction. He uses what is historically known of Pilate’s life and rise to power, adds in the known political climate of first-century Judea, and unveils the colorful, untold story that changed history for all time. He provides intriguing answers to questions such as: What really happened at that most famous of trials? Were the proceedings against Jesus legal? Did cowardice or necessity motivate Pilate’s judgment? What became of this successful Roman politician after his verdict? Filling in the details of Pilate’s early career in Rome, Maier captures the drama of imperial Rome under the all-powerful Tiberius Caesar, the plottings of his political allies and enemies, and his relationship with his beloved but ambitious wife, Procula. His great moment arrives as he exchanges the intrigues of Rome for the bewildering environment of Judea, navigating new and dangerous waters. In Pontius Pilate, Maier paints a picture for modern readers to help them understand the behind-the-scenes complexities, political and religious realities, and ultimately, the humanity of the people we know from Scripture.

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

This was assigned reading for my studies of the history of Christianity. Maier clearly states from the beginning that although this is classified as a historical fiction novel, it's almost a biography ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alida - Goodreads

I normally shy away from novels about Biblical characters since most of the book will be pure fiction. This book is an exception. Maier thoroughly researched the historical records; every person named ... Read full review

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Pontius Pilate was the Roman prefect1 of Judea during a time of ... The arrival of Pontius Pilate in Judea in 27 eliminates this popular dating of the life ...
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Pontius Pilate was the fifth governor of the Roman province of Judaea. His rule began in 26 CE and lasted until early in 37 CE (Josephus, Antiquities 18.32f ...
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About the author (1995)

Paul L. Maier is the award-winning professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University. He is the author of numerous award-winning books ranging from children’s books to historical texts. A recognized expert in church history, Dr. Maier speaks to a variety of groups and media outlets around the world. 

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