Penitent thief

18 BC - 30

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The Penitent Thief, also known as the Good Thief, Wise Thief, Grateful Thief or the Thief on the Cross, is one of two unnamed thieves in Luke's account of the crucifixion of Jesus in the New Testament. The Gospel of Luke describes him asking Jesus to "remember him" when Jesus arrives at his kingdom. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Penitent thief has received more than 1,206,113 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Penitent thief is the 315th most popular religious figure (up from 564th in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from Israel and the 35th most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

The penitent thief is most famous for the prayer he said on the cross. He was crucified next to Jesus and he asked Jesus to remember him when he came into his kingdom.

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Among religious figures, Penitent thief ranks 315 out of 2,272Before him are Pope Alexander IV, Pope Felix III, Pope John II, Nathan, Pope Pius I, and Pope John I. After him are Pope Gregory VI, Pope Honorius I, Pope Gelasius II, Pope Mark, Pope Honorius II, and John Vianney.

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Among people born in 18 BC, Penitent thief ranks 1 Among people deceased in 30, Penitent thief ranks 2Before him is Judas Iscariot. After him is Shammai.

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Among people born in Israel, Penitent thief ranks 55 out of 389Before him are Hezekiah (-800), Judas Maccabeus (-200), Herodias (-100), Amos Oz (1939), Barabbas (1), and Jeroboam (-1000). After him are Daniel Kahneman (1934), Josiah (-648), Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem (1160), Rehoboam (-972), Amin al-Husseini (1895), and Zedekiah (-617).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Penitent thief ranks 35Before him are Joseph of Arimathea (100), Joachim (-100), Saint Matthias (1), Saint Veronica (1), Judas Maccabeus (-200), and Barabbas (1). After him are Rabbi Akiva (50), Ahmed Yassin (1937), Micah (-737), James, son of Alphaeus (-10), Annas (-22), and Pontius Pilate's wife (6).