A man is standing; Jesus appears before a judge
who is sitting,
The accused is brought by some soldiers followed by a crowd. He
is marked with the blows he has received. On the judge’s side,
are to be found a religious leader wearing a mitre and two women,
one of whom points to Jesus. She is Pilate’s wife who tells her
husband that Jesus is innocent. Pilate “washes his hands of it”
by using a servant’s ewer.
Jesus’ trial is a complicated affair with
several sittings and comings and goings. The evangelists, whose
narratives are slightly different, mention four appearances before the
judge: before Anne, the High Priest who
is discharged, then before his son-in-law
presides over the Sanhedrin Council; this is the religious trial.
Jesus is also submitted to a political trial before
Herod, the kinglet of Galilee whose
subject he is, and before Pontius Pilate,
the Roman governor.