Historical Evidence for Jesus’ Trial

Updated: May 11, 2020


This manuscript shown in the video is the oldest copy of a NT fragment known, called P52, “The John Rylands fragment”, from John 18:31-33 and on the back John 18:37-38. (Dated by most scholars as early as 120 AD) It was discovered in Egypt in 1920. The “P” stands for “Papyri”, the plant that grows along the Nile River that people used to write on before the invention of modern paper. We get our English word “paper” from papyri. Some scholars have reported some new finds of even older NT Greek manuscripts that are set to be published sometime in 2013.

It confirms for us the trial of Jesus, the gospel of John as a whole, Pontius Pilate, and the reasons why Christ came and was to die by crucifixion.

This is very interesting that the oldest manuscript we have is about Jesus’ and His statement about Truth (Arabic – Al Haqq ???? ; Farsi – ????? “Haqeeqat” and ?? “Haqq” and ????? “Rasti”); and about His trial before Pontius Pilate and the reference to His death (John 18:32) “the kind of death He was to die”. This is strong evidence against the Qur’an, Surah 4:157, which denies that Jesus was crucified and that Jesus died on the cross.

Even liberals and skeptics like John Dominic Crossan, Bart Ehrman, Marcus Borg, and John Shelby Spong know that Jesus really lived in history and died on the cross, under Pontius Pilate as procurator of Judea while Tiberias was Caeasr of Rome, by the instigation of Caiaphas, the high priest and the Jewish council, the elders, scribes, Pharisees, and Saducees; and when Herod was a puppet king of the Jews under Roman rule.

Again, it is ironic that Muslims believe in the miracle and supernatural work of Allah, and that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary (see Qur’an 3:44-48; 19:19-21); and yet deny real history. The liberals believe the evidence and history, but deny the miraculous events like the virgin birth and the resurrection of Christ from the dead. True believers believe in both the historical truth and reality and that God actually did the miracles in history that the Bible records for us.

John 8:31-33

31 So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death,”