And how Christ after He was born was to escape the notice of other men until He grew to man's estate, which also came to pass, hear what was foretold regarding this. There are the following predictions: — Unto us a child is born, and unto us a young man is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders; (Isaiah 9:6) which is significant of the power of the cross, for to it, when He was crucified, He applied His shoulders, as shall be more clearly made out in the ensuing discourse. And again the same prophet Isaiah, being inspired by the prophetic Spirit, said, I have spread out my hands to a disobedient and gainsaying people, to those who walk in a way that is not good. They now ask of me judgment, and dare to draw near to God. (Isaiah 65:2, Isaiah 58:2) And again in other words, through another prophet, He says, They pierced my hands and my feet, and for my vesture they cast lots. And indeed David, the king and prophet, who uttered these things, suffered none of them; but Jesus Christ stretched forth His hands, being crucified by the Jews speaking against Him, and denying that He was the Christ. And as the prophet spoke, they tormented Him, and set Him on the judgment-seat, and said, "Judge us." And the expression, They pierced my hands and my feet, was used in reference to the nails of the cross which were fixed in His hands and feet. And after He was crucified they cast lots upon His vesture, and they that crucified Him parted it among them. And that these things did happen, you can ascertain from the Acts of Pontius Pilate.
... And that it was predicted that our Christ should heal all diseases and raise the dead, hear what was said. There are these words: At his coming the lame shall leap as an hart, and the tongue of the stammerer shall be clear speaking: the blind shall see, and the lepers shall be cleansed; and the dead shall rise, and walk about. (Isaiah 35:6) And that He did those things, you can learn from the Acts of Pontius Pilate.
- St. Justin Martyr, First Apology 35, 48a
Continuing from the Akhmim Text/Gospel of Peter thread, we'll now take a look at the so-called Acts of Pilate.
Justin Martyr, writing in the early 2nd century, is our earliest testimony to a document which he dubs "the Acts of Pontius Pilate." However, it is difficult to know whether Justin actually had such a record before him. On the one hand, since his remarks about his work are nearly identical in tone and phrasing to his citations from the canonical gospels and Jewish scriptures, he may have known such an acta first-hand and believed it to be a legitimate account of Jesus' trial. On the other hand, we get a suspicion that Justin had never actually read it but simply assumed that such a document could be found somewhere: in First Apology 34 he invites the reader to check "the registers of the taxing made under Quirinius, your first procurator in Judaea" - a document that almost certainly never existed.