It was brought up and mentioned to me this morning about Mary Magdalen which I talked and put my comment to Matthew. So I did some searching and found things just got busy then elsewhere and didn’t get the things I had found posted.
I had mentioned my opinions and wondered if there was a possibility he was maybe Jewish himself amongst other comments. I had at one time mentioned to Him calling Him Levi also which I am sure might have made the man go searching back in 2013-2014. I went then searching on Pilate..as I was aware of several things going on in that time period but never looked into this. A quote from one site got me searching more:
The family name, Pontius, was that of a prominent clan among the Samnites, hill cousins of the Latin Romans. They had almost conquered Rome in several fierce wars. The Pontii were of noble blood, but when Rome finally absorbed the Samnites, their aristocracy was demoted to the Roman equestrian or middle-class order rather than the higher senatorial order.
It is Pilate’s praenomen, his personal name Pilatus that proves almost conclusively that he was of Samnite origin. Pilatus means “armed-with-a-javelin.” The pilum or javelin was six feet long, half wooden and half pointed iron shaft, which the Samnite mountaineers hurled at their enemies with devastating results. Its hardened iron tip could pierce shields and body armor.
I had never heard of a Samnite before so went looking for some history about this and found a really good site with much information regarding them. This actually telling me that Pilate was not a Roman Greek etc. They actually fought against them.
I then looked into this mentioned indo-European a bit more and found a site that was about the lost tribes of Israel mentioning them:
Typically some historians attempt to identify the ancient Israelites in later histories by claiming that the name “Omri” is the etymological beginning for the Indo-European Cimmerians and that the name “Isaac” is the etymological beginning for the ancient Scythians.
So some interesting History. As I believe people thought the disciple Matthew was a publican therefore Roman and he was not. I believe also naming him Levi same person Yeshua is telling us the tribe even.