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Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate by Diana Wallis Taylor
Genre: Christian Biblical Fiction
Pages: 336 Trade Paperback
Date Published: June 2013
Publisher: Revell Books
In a time of turmoil, one woman will search for love and peace–and find it where she never expected.
Claudia’s life did not start easily. The illegitimate daughter of Julia, reviled and exiled daughter of Caesar Augustus, Claudia spends her childhood in a guarded villa with her mother and grandmother. When Tiberius, who hates Julia, takes the throne, Claudia is wrenched away from her mother to be brought up in the palace in Rome. The young woman is adrift-until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When Pilate is appointed Prefect of the troublesome territory of Judea, Claudia does what she has always done: she makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find peace and rest in the teaching of the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?
Readers will be whisked through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as they follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts. Diana Wallis Taylor combines her impeccable research with her flair for drama and romance to craft a tale worthy of legend.
I enjoyed Diana’s version of Mary Magdalene and I have not read a story for Claudia before, so I knew that I would find this one interesting! Whenever I have come across Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilot it was always a glance. She was hardly ever the topic of conversation except maybe one day in a Sunday school or Bible study class when we discussed how she knew about Jesus and where her visions/dreams came from… other than the obvious divine inspiration, what was the inspiration. She’s always been a character I knew about in my Bible history list of names, but it never went beyond that. Now thanks to the imagination and research of author Diana Wallis Taylor, this version of Claudia truly comes alive off the page.
We start her story when she is a child and in typical historical fashion we get to see some sad events that bring her to full womanhood rather quickly in a few years time. This time truly allows a character to come to know and really be on her side. I started off ambivalent, but came to be angry with her at the injustices of certain people she faced and now as I go back to certain New Testament scriptures I can see them in a different more vivid light. My beliefs haven’t changed, but my vision of the people involved has become a good bit brighter.
“Available June 2013 from your favorite bookseller through Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well, Martha, and Mary Magdalene and lives in California. Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.
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