Disciples Vs Enemies
Herod’s attempt at killing Jesus failed terribly. Jesus grew up to be a distinguished teacher and had a huge following of disciples who admired him and his preachings. They called him the Son of God. Unfortunately, he had a growing list of enemies too. The Jewish elders called him a “false prophet” while the Roman authority figures saw him as a threat to their empire.
Beginning Of The End
Soon Jesus was marked as an “enemy” by these people and was targetted for crimes he didn’t commit. He was eventually arrested for these alleged crimes and presented in front of the fifth prefect of Judea, Pontius Pilate. He sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion. This ended the prophet’s journey as he sacrificed himself for the greater good.
It is believed by the historians that Pontius Pilate had a strong hatred for the Jewish community. He commanded a substantial number of executions during his time as the prefect of Judea. He was hated by the people and had many enemies. Nevertheless, he performed his job unapologetically.
Change Of Heart
Based on some historical documents, it is believed that Pilate mellowed a bit during Jesus’ trial. He even went so far as considering letting him go at one point. But Jesus said nothing in his defense, so Pilate chose to go ahead with the execution. This act marked him forever in history as the man who killed the Son of God.
It is also believed that Pilate regretted his decision to sentence Jesus to crucifixion. After the deed was done, he washed his hands as a symbol of detaching himself from the event. He didn’t want any responsibility for Jesus’ death. Of course, that didn’t work out because, to date, he is known for that act.
Gideon Foerster was obsessed with biblical times and spent the majority of his time working with a team from his university on archaeological excavations at the West Bank. It was during one of these excavations that he found something strange.