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Many years ago I recall reading a sci-fi short about time travel. The plot involved people returning to major historical events to see things for themselves.

 

The ending revealed that when Pontius Pilate asked the crowd who should be spared crucifixion, it was the time travellers shouting for Barabbas not the indigenous population.

 

Any ideas, or pointers on where to look?

 

Thanks in anticipation.

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  • 3 years later...

Maybe Let's go to Golgotha by Garry Kilworth?

 

In the future period where the story takes place, time travel has been invented and made commercially available. Among other historical events, tourists can book a time-traveling "Crucifixion Tour." Before setting out, the tourists are strictly warned that they must not do anything to disrupt history. Specifically, when the crowd is asked whether Jesus or Barabbas should be spared, they must all join the call "Give us Barabbas!". (A priest absolves them from any guilt for so doing) However, when the moment comes, the protagonist suddenly realizes that the crowd condemning Jesus to the cross is composed entirely of tourists from the future, and that no actual Jewish Jerusalemites of 33 A.D. are present at all.
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I have to give a shout out to the good folks at the The Beard Community Bulletin Board, though wendyjames hasn't actually confirmed it's the book she's looking for.

 

Found with this search: http://www.google.co.nz/search?hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-GB%3Aofficial&q=%22time+travellers%22+%22pontius+pilate%22+barabbas+released+instead+of+jesus&btnG=Search&meta=

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