Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate with his Prisoner - Antonio Ciseri

Ecce homo - "Here is the man"

“PONTIUS PILATE” – (acrostic) – Steve Shoemaker – April 14, 2012

Position is the most important thing,

Of course…   You say your reign is not in this

Nasty world, but here you are suffering…

Total power is mine.  If this grim choice

I make (and ignore my wife’s dream), nothing

Untoward will come back to haunt me!  I wash

Sand and dirt from my hands as I wash you…


Prefects are not required to be perfect.

If I send tax money to Rome, a few

Lies told against me soon will die.

A sect or uprising I stamp out now will do

The most to make my name remembered. Fact:

Even if I call you “King,” you die a Jew….

If you like Steve’s poem, you might also be interested in “You don’t get to have a non-Jewish Jesus” (CLICK HERE), posted earlier on Views from the Edge on Christian anti-Semitism.

Art work Ciseri, Antonio, 1821-1891. Ecce Homo – “Here is the Man”, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.  http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55115 [retrieved April 14, 2012].

5 thoughts on “Pontius Pilate

  1. Please forgive the irreverence, but I can’t see this painting without thinking of Michael Palin’s classic portrayal of Pilate in Monty Python’s “Life of Brian:”

    “Whom would you have me…wewease?”


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