Item description for Pontius Pilate: Portraits of a Roman Governor (Interfaces series) by Warren Carter...
Overview Pontius Pilate examines the portraits of this Roman governor found in the Gospels. Unlike some discussions of Pilate, this one takes Pilate's role as governor and representative of Roman imperial power seriously. It views Pilate predominantly as a strong, efficient, and astute governor, not as a weak and indecisive man, pressured into killing Jesus against Pilate's convictions. The conclusion considers some of the ethical and theological issues the scenes involving Pilate raise for contemporary readers.
Publishers Description Pontius Pilate examines the portraits of this Roman governor found in the Gospels. Unlike most discussions of Pilate, this one takes Pilate's role as governor and representative of Roman imperial power seriously. It views Pilate predominantly as a strong, efficient, and astute governor, not as a weak and indecisive man, pressured into killing Jesus against Pilate's convictions. The conclusion considers some of the ethical and theological issues the scenes involving Pilate raise for contemporary readers. Chapters are "Would the Real Pilate Please Stand Up?" "Reading the Gospel Accounts of Pilate," "Governors and the Roman Imperial System," "Mark's Pilate," "Matthew's Pilate," "Luke's Pilate," and "John's Pilate."
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Studio: Michael Glazier Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2003
Publisher Liturgical Press
ISBN 0814651135 ISBN13 9780814651131
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More About Warren Carter
Warren Carter is Professor of New Testament Brite Divinity School Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
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Pilate Interpreted May 14, 2007
I came upon this book by accident, and I have found it very interesting in setting forth various interprettions of Pontius Pilate as revealed in the various Gospel authors. The author helps readers to see how differently Pilate is portrayed by the four evangelists and so expands our awareness of how each author has a particular agenda shaping his approach.
good book! Mar 13, 2007
very informative and well written, the interpretation is what is likely to have happened. mel gibson should have read this book before he made the film "the passion of the christ"
A Diligent Effort May 16, 2006
New Testament Professor Warren Carter's "Pontius Pilate: Portraits of a Roman Governor" (2003) is an interesting and thought provoking study. It should be read with a Bible near at hand. This 161 page paperback's research, for the most part, is well documented (with footnotes on most pages). Carter's biblical references are well sourced, but his many conclusions should be as well documented.
Carter's original suggestion- that Pilate's alliance with the Jerusalem elites is foremost in the governor's dealing with Jesus- is noteworthy (but not Scriptural). Most helpful, Carter considers Pilate from each Gospel's portrayal (which are very different from one another). In summation, he finds Pontius Pilate to be arrogant, ruthless, greedy, unafraid of the Jews, and unwilling to hear Jesus' message (which proclaims Pilate's entire Romanized world will soon be replaced by God).
This book is imaginative and teachable (I've used it to source Bible studies). It speaks to the imagery of "handing over" (page 63), Mrs. Pilate's massage to her husband about Jesus (page 94), Pilate's hand washing (page 96), the governor's antipathy for the Jerusalem Jews (page 119), the ironies in Jesus' trials (pages 140-152), and much more. Carter also imaginatively proposed a pre-trial meeting, with decisions for Jesus' fate, between Pilate and the Jerusalem elites (page 140).
Unfortunately, there are not many sources extant for Pontius Pilate. Carter's is a diligent effort at telling a story that is almost impossible to document. This book is recommended to well-read New Testament students, antiquities specialists, clergy, and Bible teachers. this site.com's price is good, order your copy soon.
PILATE PORTRAITS Feb 14, 2006
I think the book would have been more interesting, and apt, if it had lived up to its title by being an illustrated history of Pilate as portrayed through the ages visually in contrast to Christ. His depictions actually stretch in time and place from fourth Christian century Roman sarcophagi to twentieth century Hollywood movies!
A Must Have Mar 24, 2005
It is a book that no serious Biblical Scholar should be without. It is written in a lucid, easy style that makes it accessible for anyone either at the undergraduate level or high end popular level but also has implications for all Biblical Scholars. In the first three chapters the author gives the reader an overview of the historical context surrounding the time of Jesus. It is an essential and handy summary of the Roman government and especially the relationship between the Roman government and the Jewish Temple High Priest. The author then devotes one chapter to each Gospel's account of the meeting between Jesus and Pilate. If you thought you knew how to interpret these Gospel accounts, you will be surprised. Carter pays very close attention to each detail and the historical context of Roman occupation which makes his reading of the Gospels faithful and challenging. Thankfully, Carter does not go into much outside speculation. He lets us know what is the historical information we have of Pilate and then examines the literary construct of the Gospel accounts. This book is a most needed reference where you will have a summary of what we have historically in regards to Pontius Pilate as well as a careful examination of the Gospel accounts.