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Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate

By: Diana Wallis Taylor
Narrated by: Rebecca Gallagher
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Publisher's Summary

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?

Listeners 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.

©2013 Revell (P)2013 Oasis Audio

Critic Reviews

"A stunning and powerful novel of controversy, romance, and rebellion. Meticulous research, drama, and passion hold readers to the page in this exquisite tale of inspiration and intrigue." (Karen O’Connor, author of When God Answers Your Prayers: Stories of How God Comes Through in the Nick of Time)
"Diana Wallis Taylor takes the reader into the very heart and soul of an obscure New Testament woman whose few but compelling words have captivated readers for centuries. Inspiring and imaginative." (Susan Meissner, author of The Girl in the Glass)

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Not even historical.

What disappointed you about Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate?

The sights and sayings were not of old, more modern. Spoiled the whole story.

What was most disappointing about Diana Wallis Taylor’s story?

Just read the first two chapters.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Gallagher?

No comment.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate?

Modern ones.

Any additional comments?

None.

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Interesting perspective, too juvenile

What disappointed you about Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate?

The narrator made it seem like a children's story. The plot was a good idea but boring.

What didn’t you like about Rebecca Gallagher’s performance?

She would be a good children's book narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I made myself finish but didn't feel any real emotions.

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Amazing Story!

This was one of the best books I’ve ever read! It was amazing and well written!

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very well done , very well written, very well read

i deeply enjoyed listening this book . Ok for a Roman Catholic of the old tradition there are there and there several mistakes or omissions but if we follow the holly scriptures and the visions of Saints and mystics as Sainte Catherine Emmerich the overall of this book is well framed . Obviously these divines events which happened 2000 years ago are the path of the redemption of humanity. Our Holly Father always in his infinite kindness and Mercy always humiliate Satan to serve fully His Divine will for our Salvation.Thanks a lot the writer have understood it all....Jean

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Claudia

No matter how many times I read or listen to this story, it never gets old. Definitely one of my favorite books.

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What did you love best about Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate?

Claudia was a very well developed character. Claudia starts out as a teen under house arrest for a reason she isn't sure. As time passes she becomes the wife of the most powerful man of Judea. However Pilate was an inept and fearful not fearless ruler. After the death of Jesus, Claudia's life is full of twist and turns with an outcome that was very predictable.

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Riveting with Realism!

Loving Biblical stories from childhood has kept me drawn to them as an adult! Seeking historically correctness is also food for my mind! I am proud to call this story a favorite of mine. Looking forward to more reads by this writer!

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Good reading, excellent drama

If you could sum up Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate in three words, what would they be?

Incredibly insightful drama

What other book might you compare Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate to and why?

Pearl in the Sand

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Gallagher – was your favorite?

Lucios Pontius Pilate

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Caudia: The Secret Believer

Any additional comments?

This book has helped to throw some light on possible interpretations on Claudia's dream about Jesus on the night before His crucifixion. It is well written with good audio qualitty

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  • Clare Pickthall
  • 10-17-21

loved it

loved it. combined Gospel history with Roman history and a good story running alongside it.