Claudia, Wife of Pontius PilateClaudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate
Diana Wallis Taylor
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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?


 Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate Discussion Questions: Diana Wallis Taylor


1. What was your early impression of Claudia’s mother, Julia, and her grandmother, Scribonia? What led to Julia’s exile? 


2. How do you think being taken from her mother and raised in the palace shaped Claudia’s character?


3. Do you believe it was a love match between Lucius and Claudia, or did she learn to love Lucius?


4. What do you think Sejanus had in mind when he introduced Claudia to Lucius?


5. Remember Claudia was only sixteen. How would you have handled the sudden departure of your bridegroom on the day of your wedding and the long delay in joining him?


6. What was the reason for the constant moving between Jerusalem and Caesarea? How did Claudia handle that?


7. What drew Claudia to seek out Jesus? How did Lucius react to the miracle?


8. Do you feel Lucius tried to save Jesus? What shows you that he did? Why then did he give in to the Jewish leaders?


9. Just when Lucius thought he was safe, what happened? Why did Caligula act as he did?


10. Do you think Lucius committed suicide? Why or why not?


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