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Matthew 27:2 Commentary - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Verse 2

Pontius Pilate. Thus far Jesus had been in the hands of the Jewish authorities. In conquered countries, the native tribunals are generally preserved, though they are restricted to the exercise of subordinate functions. Thus the Sanhedrim, the great Jewish council, before which Jesus was first taken, though they had power to arrest and to try him, could inflict upon him only inferior punishments. The instance of Stephen, whose life was taken by a Jewish court, (Acts 6:12-7:60,) and some other cases, have led to a doubt whether the power to inflict capital punishments was absolutely and entirely taken away from the Jews. At any rate, the Jewish authorities seem to have considered that, in this case, the assent of the Roman governor, alone, could sanction crucifixion. (See John 18:31.)

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Matthew 27:2 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Matthew 27:2 - The Greek Testament

Matthew 27:2 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Matthew 27:2 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Matthew 27:2 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Matthew 27:2 - College Press Bible Study Textbook Series

Matthew 27:2 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 27:2 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Matthew 27:2 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Matthew 27:2 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Matthew 27:2 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Matthew 27:2 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Matthew 27:2 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Matthew 27:2 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Matthew 27:2 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Matthew 27:2 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Matthew 27:2 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 27:2 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Matthew 27:2 - Combined Bible Commentary

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament