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The Praetorium Guard

The Praetorium, or Pretorium, is the Latin version of the Greek word pronounced prai-tor-ion. The Romans [see Ancient Empires - Rome] originally used the term for a general's tent in an army camp [see Roman Legions], but later it also referred to a military headquarters in a city where the Roman governor or procurator also often resided. The Bible variously refers to the Praetorium as the "common hall," the "governor's house," the "judgment hall," "Pilate's house," and the "palace."

Jesus Christ and The Praetorium Guard

Roman Soldiers

"And as soon as it was morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council held a consultation [see Sanhedrin, Sadducees, Who Were The Pharisees?, Scribes and Caiaphas]; and they bound Jesus [see Jesus Christ] and led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate."

"And Pilate [see Pontius Pilate] asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?"

"And He answered him, "You have said so."

"And the chief priests accused Him of many things. And Pilate again asked Him, "Have You no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against You." But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate wondered."

"Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas [see Barabbas and The Two Thieves]. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he was wont to do for them."

"And he answered them, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered Him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead."

"And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the King of the Jews?"

"And they cried out again, "Crucify Him."

"And Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?"

"But they shouted all the more, "Crucify Him."

"So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas; and having scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified." [see How Did Jesus Christ Die?]

"And the soldiers led Him away inside the palace, that is, the praetorium; and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed Him in a purple cloak, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on Him. And they began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck His head with a reed, and spat upon Him, and they knelt down in homage to Him. And when they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the purple cloak, and put His own clothes on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him." [see Where Was Jesus Crucified?] (Mark 15:1-20 RSV)

Fact Finder: Did some of the soldiers in the Praetorium guard (palace guard) later become believers of the Gospel?
Philippians 1:12-13

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