Pilate's Wife

Pilate's Wife

A Novel of the Roman Empire

Book - 2006
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A tale based on the story of Pontius Pilate's wife, Claudia, describes her friendship with Mary Magdalene, her secret love for a gladiator, and her inability to prevent Jesus's execution in spite of a powerful vision about its consequences.

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A daughter of privilege in the most powerful empire the world has ever known, Claudia has a unique and disturbing "gift": her dreams have an uncanny way of coming true. As a rebellious child seated beside the tyrannical Roman Emperor Tiberius, she first spies the powerful gladiator who will ultimately be her one true passion. Yet it is the ambitious magistrate Pontius Pilate who intrigues the impressionable young woman she becomes, and Claudia finds her way into his arms by means of a mysterious ancient magic. Pilate is her grand destiny, leading her to Judaea and plunging her into a seething cauldron of open rebellion. But following her friend Miriam of Magdala's confession of her ecstatic love for a charismatic religious radical, Claudia begins to experience terrifying visions—horrific premonitions of war, injustice, untold devastation and damnation . . . and the crucifixion of a divine martyr whom she must do everything in her power to save.



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& Taylor

Set against a backdrop of the religious and political unrest of her life, a tale based on the story of Pontius Pilate's wife, Claudia, describes her friendship with Mary Magdalene, her secret love for a gladiator, and her devastating inability to prevent Jesus's execution in spite of a powerful vision about its consequences. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061128653
0061128651
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAY
Characteristics: 368 p.

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May 19, 2010

An excellent interpretation of an enigmatic biblical figure, the wife of Pontius Pilate. But be warned, this is most definitely not from a biblical point of view, relying on Gnostic interpretations of the Bible. An interesting piece of historical fiction, combining Roman and Judean history with Egyptian and Greek mysticism and spirituality.

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Oct 30, 2007

One of the better works of historical fiction I've read in a long time, based on sound research, a well crafted plot, and believable characters. The story includes some interesting and memorable takes on ancient mystery religions. And the fact that the heroine's feminist perspective is anachronistic didn't bother me; actually, it made her more accessible.

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