Mark 15:44

44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died.

Read Mark 15:44 Using Other Translations

And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead.
Pilate couldn’t believe that Jesus was already dead, so he called for the Roman officer and asked if he had died yet.

What does Mark 15:44 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Mark 15:44

And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead
For death, by crucifixion, was a slow lingering death; persons that were in their full strength hung a great while before they expired; and the two thieves, which were crucified with Christ, were not dead when he was:

and calling unto him the centurion;
who was set to watch him:

he asked him, whether he had been any while dead;
he inquired of him, whether he was dead, and how long he had been dead.

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