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Penitent thief

18 BC - 30

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The Penitent Thief, also known as the Good Thief, Wise Thief, Grateful Thief, or 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 comes into his kingdom. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Penitent thief has received more than 1,468,604 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Penitent thief is the 537th most popular religious figure (down from 314th in 2019), the 78th most popular biography from Israel (down from 54th in 2019) and the 36th 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 537 out of 2,238Before him are Sumayyah bint Khabbat, Abdullah ibn Masud, Bahira, Ramla bint Abi Sufyan, Zaynab bint Khuzayma, and Peter Waldo. After him are Muhammad Ahmad, Pope Sergius II, Muadh ibn Jabal, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Vincent Ferrer, and Hasan al-Askari.

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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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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Penitent thief ranks 78 out of 430Before him are Annas (-22), Ehud Olmert (1945), Simeon (null), Jehoash of Judah (-843), Rabbi Akiva (50), and Ada Yonath (1939). After him are Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem (1105), Baldwin III of Jerusalem (1130), Cyril of Jerusalem (313), Ahaziah of Judah (-900), Amaziah of Judah (-802), and Ahaziah of Israel (-870).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Penitent thief ranks 36Before him are Joel (-1), Nehemiah (-490), Ahmed Yassin (1937), Annas (-22), Simeon (null), and Rabbi Akiva (50). After him are Pope Theodore I (600), Nicodemus (-50), Epiphanius of Salamis (315), Isaac Luria (1534), Pontius Pilate's wife (6), and Zephaniah (-701).