It might be possible, through a mere reading of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ trials, to come to the conclusion that Pilate was not all bad as a procurator of the province of Judaea. But this is not the whole picture, as Josephus makes very clear indeed in his Antiquities and Jewish Wars. Pilate as anti-Semitic, and he was brutal. Two of his more infamous acts early on in his rule was the attempt to bring the Roman standards into the Temple courts in Jerusalem, and his appropriation of Temple funds to build an aqueduct, without permission from the High Priest or anyone else, it would appear. But this is not all, as Lk. 13 reminds us, where we learn that Pilate had various Jews and Samaritans killed and their blood mingled with their sacrifices. Pilate was a nasty piece of work. This being the case, the portrait of Pilate in Episode 4, is entirely in keeping with the historical record and in character, even if some of the drama is fiction. Again, we have to keep in mind that this is a historical drama which involves both fiction and fact. It is not a documentary.
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