So when Pilate saw that he prevailed nothing, but rather that a tumult was arising, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this righteous man; see ye [to it]. (ASV)
Pontius Pilate comes off as remarkably wimpy and cowardly in the Gospels, letting himself be bullied by a lynch mob. This is a dramatic contrast to the portrayal of him by Philo and Josephus as a ruthless and tyrannical leader.
Also, please refer to the error discussed at Mark_15:6.
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