On Palm Sunday, Mark Tully assesses one of the main characters of Holy Week: Pontius Pilate. Was he a coward for washing his hands of the crucifixion of Jesus or a servant of God?
On Palm Sunday, Mark Tully assesses one of the principle characters of Holy Week: Pontius Pilate. Was he a coward for washing his hands of the crucifixion of Jesus, or a servant of God?
Drawing from poetry by Carol Ann Duffy and J Barrie Shepherd, and music by Arvo Part and Johann Sebastian Bach, Mark considers a range of opinions about Pilate - from compassionate and remorseful, to cold hearted and callous.
He also considers the modern relevance of Pontius Pilate's decision to put the fate of Jesus in the hands of the crowd, and to bow to public opinion rather than take responsibility himself.
Producer: Adam Fowler
A 7Digital production for BBC Radio 4.
Title: Confessions of Pontius Pilate
Author: Frabicius Albinus
Title: The Face of Pontius Pilate
Author: J Barrie Shepherd
Published by Wipf and Stock Publishers
Title: The Wife of Pontius Pilate
Author: Carol Ann Duffy
Found in The World's Wife published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Title: Pontius Pilate
Author: Roger Caillois
Published by University of Virginia Press
Title: Public Opinion
Published by the Spectator, 1844