When archaeologists at Caesarea Maritima uncovered a broken inscription that named Pontius Pilate, they brought to light one of the few contemporary references to the Roman prefect of Judea. Historian Paul L. Maier fills in the details in this highly acclaimed historical novel. How did Pilate become prefect, and where did he end up? What really happened at that most famous trial? Was Pilate motivated by cowardice, expediency, or necessity? Maier unforgettably brings to life the political intrigues and cultural clashes of first-century Judea. 384 pages, hardcover from Kregel.
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This historical novel promotes understanding of the political, social and religious background of Jesus' ministry, death and reported resurrection, and it describes the forces at play in the Jewish and Roman world that would lead to the conviction and execution of this founder of the Christian church.
Dr Maier has used the facts as building blocks in telling the fascinating story of Pilate. I have now a much netter understanding of what Pilate may have thought about his encounter with the truth! Shalom, Graham.
This book is interesting in that it is from the view of the life of Pontius Pilate which provides the environment that existed in the Roman world during the crucification of Christ. It makes you feel as though you are living in that era. I felt as though I was looking around and seeing the politics of the Roman and Jewish worlds.
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Review 5 for Pontius Pilate
Date:March 23, 2009
Although I would have appreciated a little more fiction on the personal life of Pontius Dr. Maeir more than makes up for it in his historical facts that are written in such an interesting fashion that one can actually recall the facts of the setting. I think his intepretation is absolutely possible and I have often wondered "what happened to..." Pontius Pilate. Well written, well worth reading,
As Professor Maier puts it we have the bricks of the gospels but what we lack is the cohesive mortar to put it all in context. This book without doubt does just that and is a must read for every Christian. I would call it a companion to the New Testement. The case concerning Pilate is carefully and painstakenly built to encompass all the facts and how they most likely played out. You will love this book!
This is perhaps the finest historical fiction I have ever read. Maier does an impressive job uniting scholarly research with readability. I couldn't put it down...and will recommend Pontius Pilate as a wonderful way to understand Rome and the actions of Pilate at the trial of Jesus.
If you've ever wondered about who Pilate was and what he went through in Judea, this is the book for you! Dr. Maier expertly weaves the archaeological and historical data about first century Rome and Judea into a gripping tale that resurrects the political intrigues of the Roman court, the unique challenges that Pontius Pilate faced as a governor of Judea, and the moral quandaries he likely faced when judging the rabbi from Galilee. A must read so you can appreciate the story of the Gospel from a new perspective.