Sterling Silver Pendant with Pontius Pilate coin


Sterling Silver Pendant with Pontius Pilate coin


925-grade Sterling Silver Pendant with Pontius Pilate coin.

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Pontius Pilate – Roman ruler of Judea from 26 to 36 AD, a noble roman politician that belonged to riders’ class. Josephus and Tacitus call him a procurator, but an inscription found in 1961 in Caesarea, dated to the period of Pilate’s rule, shows that he, like other Roman rulers of Judea, from 6 to 41, was apparently in the position of prefect. Pontius Pilate built the aqueduct (water supply system) in Jerusalem. However, in general, his rule was marked by mass violence and executions.

The tax and political oppression, the provocative actions of Pontius Pilate, who offended the religious beliefs and customs of the Jews, caused mass popular demonstrations, mercilessly suppressed by the Romans. According to the philosopher Philo of Alexandria, who lived in the first century, Pilate was responsible for countless cruelties and executions committed without any trial.

According to the New Testament, Pontius Pilate sentenced Jesus Christ to the crucifixion. The name of Pontius Pilate is one of the three names (along with the names of Jesus and Mary), mentioned in the Christian Creed: “And in the one Lord Jesus Christ, crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, who suffered and was buried.” According to a common theological interpretation, the words “under Pontius Pilate” are an indication of a specific date, that the earthly life of Christ has become a fact of human history.

Coins of the previous governors, predecessors of Pontius Pilate, depicted vegetal symbols that do not fall into contradiction with Jewish religious requirements, however the bronze coin of Pontius Pilate depicts two pagan religious symbols: the Lituus (an augur’s wand) and the Simpulum a ladle.  These coins spread far beyond the borders of Judea. Some samples were even found in Antioch in modern Turkey, almost 500 kilometers from Jerusalem, where they were minted. Others were also found in Jordan. These limits represent a circulation area of at least 100,000 square kilometers, which is five times larger than the size of the state of Israel. Considering that this was a time when distances were expressed in the days of march, one can see the important influence of these coins.

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