Re: ane Where was Jesus tried?
- George Athas wrote:
>I think that Pilatus stayed at the Antonia Fortress rather than the
> The gospels mention that Jesus was tried in a place called the
> Praetorium. From Josephus, we know that the Prefect of Judaea had his
> temporary residence in Herod's citadel, in the western quarter of
> Jerusalem. Acts 23:35 also makes mention of the "Herod's Praetorium".
> This is usually all taken as evidence that the trial of Jesus before
> Pontius Pilatus took place on the grounds of Herod the Great's palace in
> Jerusalem. However, the Antonia fortress in the north-east quarter of
> Jerusalem housed the Roman garrison. So, in which of these citadels was
> Jesus tried - Herod's Palace, or the Antonia Fortress? What is current
> opinion (not current references)?
Citadel in order to be "on top" of things during Pesach. This was
a very tense period for Pilatus with the possibility of civil
disturbances very high. He would have stayed at the Fortress in
direct contact with the garrison at all times. After all, this is
why he was in Jerusalem in the first place.
The presence of the "gabbatha" is also suggestive with the
incised "king's game" still evident. This seems to confirm
this location as a place where a prisoner's fate was decided
and it's suggestive that this was the very same "king's game"
used to mock Jesus.
Min d'LA rokHEM l'maRAN yeSHUa meshyCHA niheYAH. maRAN aTHA