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The setting was in Luke 23: 1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” 3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. Then Pilate sent ...


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Ok, I'll answer my own question. I really appreciate Perry Webb for compiling the relevant verses that have helped me think through this, though I think something deeper is going on than Pilate and Herod recognizing each other's authority. It's entirely possible that they both already recognized each other's authority (coming from the emperor of Rome) but ...


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Previously they saw each other as a threat to their ruling authority. By sending Jesus back and forth they essentially recognized each others authority. Pilate, having Roman religious beliefs, was afraid to condemn Jesus to death. The Romans believed the gods had children with women. To Pilate that would explain Jesus' miracles. While Herod thought ...


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