Blood curse

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Pilate Washes His Hands by James Tissot - Brooklyn Museum

The blood curse refers to a New Testament passage from Matthew 27:24-25 which is part of the section that describes Pilate's court before the crucifixion of Jesus.[1]

The King James Bible states:

When Pilate saw that he could not prevail, but rather that a tumult was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person. See ye to it." Then answered all the people and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children!"[2]

This exchange, which is only recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, is probably related to the destruction of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE.[3]

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  1. ^ The Historical Jesus Through Catholic and Jewish Eyes by Bryan F. Le Beau, Leonard J. Greenspoon and Dennis Hamm (Nov 1, 2000) ISBN 1563383225 pages 105-106
  2. ^ Matthew (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) by Craig A. Evans (Feb 6, 2012) ISBN 0521812143 page 454
  3. ^ Craig Evans, Matthew (Cambridge University Press, 2012) page 455.