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jesus and pilatus

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									Responsibility for Jesus' death
Further information: Jewish deicide

In all gospel accounts, Pilate is reluctant to condemn Jesus, but is eventually forced to give in when the
crowd becomes unruly and the Jewish leaders remind him that Jesus's claim to be king is a challenge to
Roman rule and to the Roman deification of Caesar. Roman magistrates had wide discretion in executing
their tasks, and some readers question whether Pilate would have been so captive to the demands of the
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crowd. Pilate was later recalled to Rome for his harsh treatment of the Jews.

With the Edict of Milan in AD 313, the state-sponsored persecution of Christians came to an end, and
Christianity became officially tolerated as one of the religions of the Roman Empire. Afterwards, in 325
the First Ecumenical Council at Nicaea promulgated a creed which was amended at the subsequent First
Council of Constantinople in 381. The Nicene Creed incorporated for the first time the clause was
crucified under Pontius Pilate (which had already been long established in the Old Roman Symbol, an
ancient form of the Apostles' Creed dating as far back as the 2nd century AD) in a creed that was
intended to be authoritative for all Christians in the Roman Empire.

Pilate's reluctance to execute Jesus in the gospels has been seen as reflecting the authors'
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agenda.           It has thus been argued that gospel accounts place the blame on the Jews, not on Rome, in
line with the authors' alleged goal of making peace with the Roman Empire and vilifying the Jews

								
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