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  According to the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, the Roman governor of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, was in 36 or 37 dismissed by the governor of Syria, Lucius Vitellius, and replaced by one of his friends, a man named Marcellus. Josephus uses the word epimeletes, which is uncommon, and we are not certain whether Marcellus really had the powers of a prefect, or was merely a caretaker. Anyhow, in 37, he was replaced by Marullus.
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