It is hard to imagine a more profound question than "What is truth?" The world’s greatest philosophers and theologians has been driven by the quest for truth. It is also the question Pilate asked Jesus. It is probable that Pilate’s question has several layers of meaning, intriguing commentators over the centuries. This pays tribute not so much to Pilate but to the apostle John who wove the question into the fabric of his Gospel concerning Jesus, the Christ and Son of God. The essay takes a fresh look at the ramifications of Pilate’s question in John 18:38 in its immediate context of Jesus' trial (18:28–19:16a) and the larger context of John's passion narrative (18–19) and the farewell discourse (13–17) and ultimately the entire Gospel. It also notes the relationship between the passage and major themes in John’s Gospel and looks at the three major characters in 18:28–19:16. It closes with several observations concerning John’s account of Jesus’ trial before Pilate, related to Pilate’s question to Jesus about truth.
Source: Biblical Foundations, 2005. 30 pages.