Re: [XTalk] Acts of Pilate
- The inestimable Jeffrey Gibson wrote:
It is entirely plausible
> that the text is something made up from whole cloth by someone who,I agree with you only on the grounds that it be stated "> assuming the
> assuming that there probably was a correspondence between Pilate and
> Tiberius, used his/her imagination to fill in the gap. We have a similar
> phenomenon with the apocryphal letter of Paul to the Laodiceans.
correspondence between Pilate and
> Tiberius," rather than as you did "> assuming that there probably was acorrespondence between Pilate and
> Tiberius," Of course this is what I was attempting to say when Iadmitted that it was also equally possible that what we do have is nothing
more than "a corruption of " or if you prefer "imaginary rendition" of the
lost archival record.
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- They also betray a peculiar penchant for inverted melodrama and are divided
into scenic interludes based on gospel narrative framework; even their
author does not purport a claim re. their status as "official
correspondence" or official documents, but have the ostensible intention of
answering the question, "Given all the miracles of the Son of God, how could
the Romans have failed to have recognized him," etc.
From: Jeffrey B. Gibson [mailto:jgibson000@...]
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2001 8:19 PM
Subject: [XTalk] Acts of Pilate
John Lupia wrote:
>I think what you have engaged in here, John, is the fallacy of
> The arrest and execution of Jesus would also have been a matter of
> record in
> a diurna or daily newspaper that was sent to Rome and kept in the
> library. This was not a special case but a matter of every day life
> normal course of daily transactions. Also it was a matter of record
> the governors of the provinces sent letters to Rome to the emperor and
> senate regarding the execution of a prisoner. Acts of Pilate, (Acta
> NT Apocrypha composed by at least A.D. 150 or possibly AD 160 was
> much earlier, contains or purports to contain letters of reports
> written by
> Pilate to Tiberius (an authentic phenomenon during this period).
> Consequently it may be either a corruption of the original or based on
> an authentic one taken from the public archives. It is the first part
> of the Gospel of Nicodemus (1-11). It was known by Epiphanius and
> Moreover, phenomenon relevant to this is attested to as when Aetius,
> (fl. AD
> 33) a Roman centurion who along with Didymus wrote letters about the
> treachery of Tiberius. See Tacitus, Ann. 6.24.
bifurcation, since there is another alternative you have failed to
mention regarding the Acts of Pilate that has come down to us in the
Gospel of Nicodemus. And that is that the whole thing, rather than being
"a corruption of the original or based on an authentic one taken from
the public archives" has neither any connection to any official Roman
document whatsoever and is entirely spurious. It is entirely plausible
that the text is something made up from whole cloth by someone who,
assuming that there probably was a correspondence between Pilate and
Tiberius, used his/her imagination to fill in the gap. We have a similar
phenomenon with the apocryphal letter of Paul to the Laodiceans.
Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon.)
7423 N. Sheridan Road #2A
Chicago, Illinois 60626
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