The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 13:1
There were present at that season…
innumerable multitude of people, (Luke 12:1) that were then hearing
the above discourses and sayings of Christ:
some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had
mingled with their sacrifices.
These Galileans were very likely
some of the followers of Judas Gaulonitis, or Judas of Galilee; see
(Acts 5:37) who endeavoured to draw off the Jews from the Roman
government, and affirmed it was not lawful to give tribute to Caesar;
at which Pilate being enraged, sent a band of soldiers, and slew
these his followers; who were come up to the feast of the passover,
as they were offering their sacrifices in the temple, and so mixed
their blood with the blood of the passover lambs: this being lately
done, some of the company spoke of it to Christ; very likely some of
the Scribes and Pharisees, whom he had just now taxed as hypocrites;
either to know his sense of Pilate's conduct, that should he condemn
it as brutish and barbarous, they might accuse him to him; or should
he approve of it, might traduce him, and bring him into contempt
among the people; or to know his sentiments concerning the persons
slain, whether or no they were not very wicked persons; and whether
this was not a judgment upon them, to be put to death in such a
manner, and at such a time and place, and which sense seems to be
confirmed by Christ's answer. Josephus F26 relating a slaughter of
the Samaritans by Pilate, which bears some likeness to this, has led
some, though without any just reason, to conclude, that these were
Samaritans, who are here called Galileans. This history is neither
related nor hinted at, by any other writer but Luke. The phrase of
mingling blood with blood, is Jewish; it is said of one Trogianus the
wicked (perhaps the Emperor Trajan), that he slaughtered the Jews,
(Nmdb Nmd bryew) , "and mingled their blood with their blood"; and
their blood ran into the sea, unto Cyprus F1. The Jews F2 have a
``in the age in which the son of David comes, Galilee shall
Here was a great slaughter of the Galileans now, see (Acts 5:37) but
there was a greater afterwards by the Romans: it may be that the
Pharisees made mention of this case to Christ, to reproach him and
his followers, who were called Galileans, as his disciples chiefly
F26 Antiqu. l. 18. c. 5.
F1 T. Hieros. Succa, fol. 55. 2. Vid. Lightfoot Hor. in loc.
F2 T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 97. 1.
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