Crossing the Jewish Pavement – The Messianic was the result of betrayal by Jewish chief priests – not Rome – Correcting History and Western Interpretations
When Pilate sought to release the messianic Jesus, the Jews’ blackmailing chief priests cried out, “If thou let this man go, thou are not Caesar’s friend” (John 19:12). Upon hearing this threat, Pilate came and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, from lithŏstrōtŏs, meaning “paved with stone.” In the OT, pavement, from ritspâh, meant “pavement” or “floor.” This precedent set up the implications in the NT regarding scriptures such as, “with their faces to the ground upon the pavement” (2 Chron. 7:3), “a pavement of red, blue and white” (Esther 1:6), and “pavement made for the court” (Ezek. 40:17).
John tells us explicitly that Pilate came to “the Pavement,” but in the Hebrew, it is Gabbatha (John 19:13). The fact that it was in Hebrew is the point of distinction. And when Pilate came to Gabbatha, it was in “preparation of the passover.” John’s wording indicates that Pilate was transferring responsibility back onto the Jewish owners, on their turf. John states, “behold, thy King!” (John 12:5). The chief priests persisted, answering, “We have no king but Caesar.” Gabbatha in Hebrew derives from yadah, literally “to use (i.e., hold out the hand, praise) the hand, especially to revere or worship (with extended hands)”; “confess, praise, shout, (give) thanksgiving” (see Young’s lexicon ref. no. 3,034). The Jews’ chief priests had completely betrayed all that Judas Maccabees had restored. The Jewish government was trying to keep up appearances, but Pilate was wise to their intent.
In Western theology, by not opening the book, we likewise have abnegated our responsibility. Both Paul and John of Patmos were completely across the betrayal in the NT temple era. People who build literal arks also betray the meaning of the metaphor.
THe NT story will be enlarged going forth – once the OT is completely explained – all the writings are about Jewish governance, humanly inspired, whilst God rests. Amen.