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The phrase in question is «Ἰησοῦν τὸν λεγόμενον Χριστόν». It does not mean that Pilate himself was confessing Jesus to be “the Christ.” Rather, the expression is commonly used in the NT to describe what people are generally called or named by others.1 For example, Matt. 1:16 Ἰησοῦς ὁ λεγόμενος Χριστός — Jesus who is called Christ Matt. 4:18 Σίμωνα τὸν ...


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