Giorgio Agamben Giorgio Agamben

Pilate and Jesus

  • (Pilato e Gesù)
  • pages: 72 - 10,5x14,8
  • published: 01/09/2013
Giorgio Agamben Giorgio Agamben


Who is Pontius Pilate, the Prefect of Judaea before whom the trial of Jesus Christ took place and which ended in his crucifixion? A cruel and ruthless tyrant or a fearful and faltering official who allows himself to be persuaded by the Sanhedrin to convict a man he deems to be innocent? An irrational and insignificant figure or, as Nietzsche suggests, “the only figure in the New Testament to be worthy of respect”? An easy-going, humorous imposter that deals out memorable lines (“What is truth?”, “Ecce Homo!”, “What I have written I have written”) or a severe theological figure without whom the drama of the Passion and Redemption could not have taken place? Restaging all the phases of the trial, Agamben offers us a new perspective. In the dialogue between Pilate and Jesus, two worlds and two kingdoms face one another: history and eternity, sacred and profane, judgement and salvation. And in this unsparing comparison Pilate’s role is decisive in every sense.


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