Artifact From Jesus’ Time Unearthed

A ring that could have belonged to Pontius Pilate has been discovered in Israel. Fox News reports:

Experts in Israel have identified a ring that may have belonged to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who oversaw the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Haaretz reports that the bronze ring was discovered 50 years ago during excavations at the Herodion fortress in the Judean desert.

Initially uncovered in a dig led by Professor Gideon Foerster of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the ring was handed over to a team researchers currently working Herodion, led by Roi Porat, also of  Hebrew University. Intense cleaning and a specialist camera owned by the Israel Antiquities Authority have revealed the ring’s secrets.

A wine vessel and the Greek inscription “Pilatus” can be clearly seen on the ring, according to Haaretz.

This is a groundbreaking archeological discovery, and could shed more light on a fascinating period in Judea and Israel’s history.


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  1. Lesmj December 2, 2018