But the four Evangelists agree in ascribing to Jesus evasive and equivocal answers to plain questions, not only those of the high priest and Pilate ; and quite generally the Jesus of the New Testament avoids straightforward statements, preferring parables .
To be nameless in worthy deeds exceeds an infamous history? Who would not rather have been the good thief than Pilate?1658 Hydriotaphia (Urn Burial), ch.5.
Truth indeed is sacred; but, as Pilate said, "What is truth?" Show us the undoubted infallible criterion of absolute truth, and we will hold it as a sacred inviolable thing. But in the absence of that infallible criterion, we have all an equal right to grope about in our search of it, and no body and no school nor clique must be allowed to set up a standard of orthodoxy which shall bar the freedom of scientific inquiry.william stanley jevons
What is truth? said jesting Pilate, but would not stay for an answer.Francis Bacon
It was the preparation of the passover - For this reason both the Jews and Pilate were desirous to bring the matter to a conclusion. Every Friday was called the preparation, (namely, for the Sabbath .) And as often as the passover fell on a Friday, that day was called the preparation of the passover.John 19:14, in Wesley's Notes on the Bible:John 19
Lent is about the freedom that is gained only through exposure to the truth . And “What is truth”? Pilate ’s question is partially answered by unpacking the Greek word aletheia , which we translate as truth. p.5p.3 (A Season for the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent (2004))
Though some of you with Pilate wash your hands Showing an outward pity; yet you Pilates Have here deliver'd me to my sour cross, And water cannot wash away your sin.william shakespeare
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!" All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"Matthew 27:24-25
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