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After 44 the province reverted to direct Roman rule under 7 Roman governors, (titled "procurators") terminating in the inept Florus whose clumsiness provoked the Jewish War of 67-70.
The second half of the period was one of seething revolt and unrest.
Moreover, Judea was quiet during his term; the Roman legions were withdrawn, leaving local auxiliary troops to police the public order.
Finally, although Pilate ruled for ten years, he never removed a Jewish high priest from office, unlike his predecessor Gratus, who had deposed four high priests during his eleven-year rule (Brown 1994, p694-695).
: Although some exegetes have attempted to argue that this consultation represented a second meeting to pass judgment in a capital case as required under Jewish law, recall that the Jewish day begins at sunset, so it is still the same day of the first trial.
Isa (LXX) Woe to their soul, for they have devised an evil counsel against themselves, saying against themselves, Let us bind the just, for he is burdensome to us: therefore shall they eat the fruits of their works. Roman administration is generally divided into two periods for analysis.
In addition to Josephus, the New Testament, Tacitus, and Philo, Pilate is known from a single inscription found at Caesarea on the Palestinian coast in 1961.: The Gospel of Mark does not contain enough evidence to warrant any conclusion about the legality of Pilate's trial under Roman law and custom.
In Judea there are no surviving records of an armed revolt or of Roman executions of notorious bandits, failed messiahs, or revolutionaries (Brown 1994, p677-679).
" And he answered him, "You have said so." 3: And the chief priests accused him of many things.
4: And Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer to make?
The chief priests, elders and scribes appear as a Markan plot device to drive the action.
They crop up in v1 to take Jesus to Pilate; v3, to accuse Jesus before Pilate; v11 to stir up the crowd, and finally in v31 to mock Jesus in his death throes.