's wife (; ; fl. 1st century) is unnamed
in the New Testament
, where she appears a single time in the Gospel of Matthew
. Alternate Christian traditions have referred to her as Saint Procula
(also spelled Proculla
) or Saint Claudia
, and the combinations Claudia Procles and Claudia Procula have been used. Since little is said of her in the New Testament
, and no verifiable biography exists, details on Pilate's wife are surmised from Christian tradition and legend.
In the New Testament
, the only reference to Pilate's wife exists in a single sentence by Matthew
. According to the Matthew
27:19, she sent a message to her husband asking him not to condemn Jesus Christ
<blockquote>While Pilate was sitting in the judgment hall, his wife sent him a message: "Have nothing to do with that innocent man, because in a dream last night, I suffered much on account of him."See, for instance, Bible /Matthew#Chapter 27
Pilate did not heed his wife's warning. The name "Claudia" only appears once in the New Testament, in the Second Epistle to Timothy
4:21: "Eubulus, Pudens, Linus and Claudia send their greetings, and so all the other Christians."
Early Christian references and theological interpretations
's 2nd century Homilies on Matthew
suggest that she became a Christian,Paul L. Maier. Pontius......