Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate

Written by Diana Wallis Taylor
Review by Rebecca Henderson Palmer

Author of several books featuring New Testament women, Diana Wallis Taylor turns her attention to Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate. In the year AD 24, Claudia, the granddaughter of an emperor and daughter of an outcast, grows up in isolation. When a new emperor comes to power, Claudia is torn from her family and sent to the palace in Rome, where she is betrothed to the dashing soldier Lucius Pontius Pilate. The newlyweds are assigned to far-off Judea, where Pilate serves as governor over a rebellious population of Jews. In the midst of violent conflicts between Jews and Gentiles, Claudia strives to learn more about Jewish culture and, against her husband’s will, witnesses Jesus’ healing powers and message of peace.

Claudia, mentioned briefly in the Book of Matthew, is an intriguing character, and Wallis Taylor brings the story of an obscure historical figure to life. Through Claudia’s eyes, we witness the crucifixion and obtain a unique look at Pontius Pilate, a caring but flawed man who has been placed in an untenable situation. This is a touching story of love, survival, and belief as told by an often-overlooked observer.