Pontius Pilate was the governor, whose trial led to the crucifixion of Jesus, had commissioned a street that has recently been discovered. The Roman official was the governor of Jerusalem and Judea when the holy crucifixion happened following the impious and venal trial.
The recent discovery in Jerusalem suggests that the Roman governor commissioned the street sometime before 30 A.D.
One of the most loathed characters in the Biblical annals, Pontius Pilate, is alike notorious among Christians and Jews. The Christians despise him for more obvious reasons as he carried out the most sacrilege act, or at least supervised it. However, the Jews hate him for his bigotry, which resulted in the persecution and massacre of many of them.
What the Tel Aviv Journal of the Institute of Archaeology Says?
In this regard, the recent discovery is significant both for archaeological as well as the religious aspect. The Tel Aviv: Journal of the Institute of Archaeology under the Tel Aviv University, conducted a study according to which this street led to the Temple Mountain. It was constructed for the pilgrims.
Moreover, the discovery of the coins underneath the paving stones has complemented and enabled the archaeologists to make more “precise” guess regarding the origin and dates of the street. More than 100 coins date back to 31 A.D., just one year after the crucifixion of Christ, help archaeologists to reach a conclusion regarding the origin of the street.
The street, which is supposed to have been 600 meters long, and 8-meter wide, and goes from the Pool of Siloam to Temple Mount. It was made from massive stone slabs, something regarded as a trademark for the Roman Empire.
Pontius Pilate, to whom the Bible too hold responsible for the infamous trial of Jesus, remained governor of Judea between 26 and 36 A.D. In those times, crucifixion was the usual sentence for those found guilty of treason or rebellion.
When in 70 A.D., the Jews revolted against the Roman Empire, the imperial persecution led to the major destruction of Jerusalem. As a result of which the ruins of the city covered the street.
At Last “Eureka”!
The excavation of the road had been underway for the last six years. What supports the presumption that the street was commissioned by Pontius is the coins’ date.
“Dating using coins is very exact,” said one of the study’s co-authors, Donald Ariel, who is an archaeologist and coin-expert. “As some coins have the year in which they were minted on them what that means is that of a coin with the date 30 A.D. on it is found beneath the street. The street had to be built in the same year or after that coin had been minted, so any time after 30 C.E.”
However, Ariel adds that their study goes further, “because statistically, coins minted some ten years are the most common coins in Jerusalem, so not having them beneath the streets means the street was built before their appearance, in other words only in the time of Pilate.”
Another co-author of the study, Nashon Szantion, said that street might have been grandiose for various reasons: to appease the residents of Jerusalem; to see “how Jerusalem would fit in the Roman world;” or to “ aggrandize his (Pilate’s) name through major building projects.”
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