The Ring of Pontius Pilate Confirms the Historical Accuracy of the Gospels

December 07, 2018

The name of the man who condemned Christ to death has been deciphered on a bronze ring found half a century ago during excavations in Herodian near Bethlehem. This discovery was announced by the Jewish newspaper Haaretz on November 29, 2018.

The ring was discovered by Professor Gideon Forster of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during excavations conducted in 1968-1969 before the site of Herodian was opened to visitors. The fortified hill had just been conquered during the Six-Day War (June 5-10, 1967). 

The ring was one of the thousands of objects found. The famous name on it appeared after a thorough cleaning, using a cutting-edge photo technique in the laboratories of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

The inscription on what seems to have been a seal ring shows a wine amphora surrounded by the Greek letters for Pilatus.

Pontius Pilate is very little mentioned by the ancient authors, except in the Holy Gospels. Tacitus and Flavius Joseph speak of him and make it possible to confirm beyond doubt that he began serving as procurator of Judea in 26 A.D., under the reign of the Emperor Tiberius, and held this post for about ten years. 

According to the specialists of the Israel Exploration Journal, the ring could have belonged either to Pontius Pilate himself or to one of the officers of his administration. 

This find provides further proof of the historical accuracy of the Gospels of Our Lord Jesus Christ that a whole wing of modern exegetes has tried in vain to denigrate.