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Pilate may have known that Jesus was welcomed into town when he rode in on the donkey. What he may have wanted to know here is whether Jesus still had a solid support among the people. If so, crucifying him may have cause a widespread outcry, even tho' that was what the San Hedrim wanted. Such an outcry was something Pilate could do without, so he tested ...


John Shelby Spong says in Jesus for the NonReligious, page 168, that in his research, he has been able to find no evidence that there was a custom of releasing a prisoner at the time of the Passover. He says the original crucifixion story could have been related to Yom Kippur because in this tradition, one lamb or goat was killed for our sins and one had ...

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