An ancient ring found in Bethlehem belonged to the man who crucified Jesus, scientists believe.
The bronze ring was discovered 50 years ago “during a dig at Herodion near the West Bank’s Bethlehem by Professor Gideon Forster from the Hebrew University”, reports The Independent.
But five decades later, the identity of the owner appears to have been established: the Roman governor of Jerusalem, Pontius Pilate – the man who ordered that Jesus be crucified and then ran the subsequent trial.
The name was worked out after a thorough cleansing, when it was also photographed with the use of a special camera at the Israel Antiquities Authority labs, according to Israeli news site Haaretz. After extensive study the inscription on what was apparently a stamping ring included a picture of a wine vessel surrounded by Greek writing translated as saying “Pilatus”.
Pilate was the fifth of Roman leaders in Judah, and “apparently the most important of them”, adds the website. He ruled in the years 26 to 36, and some say even from the year 19. The name was rare in the Israel of that era, according to Professor Danny Schwartz.
“I don’t know of any other Pilatus from the period and the ring shows he was a person of stature and wealth,” Schwartz said.
A stamping ring of this type “is also a hallmark to the status of the cavalry in Roman times, to which Pilate belonged”, says Haaretz. Read More: https://www.theweek.co.uk/98192/ancient-ring-found-in-bethlehem-belonged-to-man-who-crucified-jesus