In his work Annales Tacitus gives Ponitus Pilatus the title “procurator”. Today we know that Pilate’s title was “prefect” because of a limestone inscription.
I’ve been discussing with som atheists, and they claim that Tacitus does not offer reliable proof to the existance of Jesus. They say that because of the error “procurator”, Tacitus may only have based his information on Christian rumours.
This contradicts the opinion that Tacitus was a highly sceptical historian, but they can’t get over the procurator-error.
Any ideas on why Tacitus used “procurator”? If he had access to the Roman archives, would he not have used the correct title “prefect”?
It would mean a lot for me to be able to answer this question. My faith would not be shattered if there aren’t any answers, but a lot of people in surch of Christ are joining the sceptics as they conclude that the evidence is insuffient. An that is just heartbraking!
(If you see any funny errors in my spelling, please ignore it. English is not my mother tongue)