Judgment hall

Greek: praitorion (John 18:28, 33; 19:9; Matthew 27:27), “common hall”

In all these passages the Revised King James Version renders “palace.” In Mark 15:16 the word is rendered “Praetorium”, which is a Latin word, meaning literally the residence of the praetor, and then the governor's residence in general, though not a praetor. Throughout the Gospels the word “praitorion” has this meaning (compare Acts 23:35). Pilate's official residence when he was in Jerusalem was probably a part of the fortress of Antonia.

The trial of our Lord was carried on in a room or office of the palace. The “whole band” spoken of by Mark were gathered together in the palace court.

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