THE BRIDE OF PILATE by Esther Kellner


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The author of Mary of Nazareth and The Promise, a story of Sarah, concentrates here on the early life of Claudia, wife of Pilate, and concludes her narrative, which is written in a sustained pitch of loftiness, at the time of the Crucifixion. Claudia, the granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus with her mother Julia, ex-wife of Tiberius, had been exiled to a remote part of Italia. Through the intercession of the Vestal Virgins and some nefarious negotiations by the audacious pirate Decimus, Claudia is permitted to return to Rome and by the time she is 17 a marriage has been arranged for her with the aloof and impressive Lucius Pontius Pilate, an officer in Germanicus' army. Her relationship with Pilate is a loveless one but she dutifully accompanies him to the East when he is named Procurator of Judea. Convinced long before Pilate of Christ's innocence, the ordeal of Golgotha is intensified for Claudia by the death of Dismas, or Decimas. Rounding out this extension of exaltation the author suggests the plausibility of Claudia's conversion to Christianity. Directed toward a feminine audience.

Pub Date: July 15th, 1959
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts