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Procurator

PROCURATOR (prŏ'kū-rā'têr). The Latin term for the Greek hēgemōn, translated “governor” in KJV. Pilate, Felix, and Festus were such governors in Palestine with headquarters in Caesarea. Generally the procurators were appointed directly by the emperor to govern the Roman provinces and were often subject to the imperial legate of a large political area. It should be noted that Quirinius, “governor of Syria” (Luke.2.2), was really not a procurator but an imperial legate of the larger province of Syria.