The Pilate Inscription is a stock image of a stone inscription that was discovered in 1961 in Caesarea Maritima, an ancient Roman city on the coast of modern-day Israel. The inscription is believed to date from around 26-36 AD, and bears the name of Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect who is best known for his role in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.
The inscription reads: “Pontius Pilate, Prefect of Judea, has dedicated to the people of Caesarea a temple in honor of Tiberius.” The words “Prefect of Judea” provide important historical evidence for the existence of Pilate, who is also mentioned in the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ trial.
In the stock image, the Pilate Inscription is depicted as a stone tablet with the Latin text carved in large, clear letters.
The Pilate Inscription is an important artifact from biblical times, providing valuable historical and archaeological evidence for the existence of Pontius Pilate and the political and cultural context in which Jesus lived and was crucified. The image is a powerful reminder of the complex interplay between Roman and Jewish cultures during this pivotal period in history, and of the enduring significance of the biblical narrative in shaping our understanding of the world around us.