In the Gospel entitled ‘according to the Hebrews,’ Barabbas is interpreted, ‘Theson of their master,’ who had been condemned for sedition and murder. Pilate gives them the choice between Jesus and the robber, not doubting but that Jesus would be the rather chosen.
Observe also that visions are often vouchsafed by God to the Gentiles, and that the confession of Pilate and his wife that the Lord was innocent is a testimony of the Gentile people.
Yet even after this answer of theirs, Pilate did not at once assent, but in accordance with his wife’s suggestion, “Have thou nothing to do with that just man,” he answered, “Why, what evil hath he done?” This speech of Pilate's acquits Jesus. “But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified; "that it might be fulfilled which is said in the Psalm, “Many dogs have compassed me, the congregation of the wicked hath inclosed me;” .
Pilate took water in accordance with that, “I Will wash my hands in innocency,” in a manner testifying and say...