Pontius Pilate’s wife has a short part in Scripture and Diana Wallis Taylor uses her creativity to bring the possibilities of her story alive. She is named “Claudia” in this book. She is brought into the world with her father’s identity a secret and when she is old enough to marry Pontius Pilate is chosen as a husband for her. The start to their marriage is rocky, with Pontius being called away right after the marriage takes place. Claudia hears about a Jewish rabbi who draws large crowds and she finds herself drawn into his teachings also. Even though he performs a huge miracle in Pontius’ and Claudia’s family Claudia is instructed to keep it quiet. Wandering away to hear Jesus speak becomes hard as Pontius Pilate forbids Claudia to continue to hear him speak, even though he appreciates his miracle.
This fictionalized story about Pontius Pilate’s wife is the first time I remember reading about her. The short mention of her in Matthew 27:19 can make anyone imagine what life for her must have been like, and I like the note at the end of the book in the “Author’s Note” section that nobody knows but our Lord if this is the way it actually happened for her. My mind came open to the possibilities about how Pontius acted before, during, and after the crucifixion of Jesus and whether or not he became a believer in Jesus after being a part of making the crucifixion happen is something that will me make wonder for probably the rest of my life.
Another great creative fictionalized Biblical story from Diana Wallis Taylor, to open up many minds about the "what ifs" from Scripture. I am so glad that Pontius Pilate’s wife was highlighted through this book because her good intentions to help our Savior can easily get buried in the excruciating moments leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion.
Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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