The Pontius Pilate Inscription was discovered in secondary use on the western steps of the Roman theatre at Caesarea in June of 1961. The inscription reflects the erecting of a monumental building by Pontius Pilate, most likely a temple, in which the Emperor Tiberius was worshipped. The discovery of this inscription provides a monumental backdrop for New Testament authenticity.
Before the object’s discovery, some scholars doubted whether Pontius Pilate was a figurative character, contrived by the New Testament authors, and whether Josephus’ many stories concerning him were corrupted by later editors. The inscription further substantiates that Pontius Pilate indeed was a ‘prefect’ and not a ‘procurator’ as some of the early translators had deemed. Materials: Clay, produced in the Holy Land. Includes: Detailed artifact description & serial number. Note: This item is free-standing.
The dimensions of the original limestone stele are: H. 80cm, L. 68cm, W. 20cm.
The Latin inscription reads (reconstructed letters are in brackets):
[DIS AUGUSTI]S TIBERIÉUM
To the Divine Augusti [this] Tiberieum
…prefect of Judea
…has dedicated [this]
- Artifact dated back to 26 – 36 CE
- Artifact location: IAA, Israel Museum
- Depth: 12 cm
- Dimensions of original: 80 cm x 68 cm x 20 cm
- Display / Frame – None
- Height: 30 cm
- IAA Access Number – 1961-539
- Portion in Bible – Mathew 27:11, 22
- Replica size – 15 %
- Site of Origin Cesarea
- Weight: 2 kg
- Width: 20 cm