Sejanus, Pilate, and the Date of the Crucifixion

  title={Sejanus, Pilate, and the Date of the Crucifixion},
  author={Pauline Maier},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={3 - 13}
  • P. Maier
  • Published 1 March 1968
  • History
  • Church History
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