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Pontius Pilate's wife is the unnamed spouse of Pontius Pilate, who appears only once in the Gospel of Matthew, where she intercedes with Pilate on Jesus' behalf. It is uncertain whether Pilate was actually married, although it is likely. In later tradition, she becomes known as Procula (Latin: Procula) or Procla (Ancient Greek: Πρόκλα) and plays a role in various New Testament Apocrypha. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pontius Pilate's wife has received more than 559,781 page views. Her biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Pontius Pilate's wife is the 508th most popular religious figure (up from 527th in 2019), the 77th most popular biography from Israel and the 41st most popular Israeli Religious Figure.

Pontius Pilate's wife is most famous for being the woman mentioned in the Bible who washes Jesus's feet with her hair and then wipes them with her hair.

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Among religious figures, Pontius Pilate's wife ranks 508 out of 2,272Before her are Januarius, Pope Celestine II, Louis de Montfort, Dominic Savio, Laban, and Pope Alexander I of Alexandria. After her are Josemaría Escrivá, Victor of Aveyron, Anne Catherine Emmerich, Pope John XVIII, Abdullah ibn Masud, and Saint Eustace.

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Among people born in 6, Pontius Pilate's wife ranks 2Before her is John the Apostle. After her is Nero Julius Caesar. Among people deceased in 100, Pontius Pilate's wife ranks 22Before her are Barabbas, Zacchaeus, Apollonius of Tyana, Dionysius the Areopagite, Saint Sarah, and Salome. After her are Pomponius Mela, Nicodemus, Thecla, Anna the Prophetess, Herod Agrippa II, and Papias of Hierapolis.

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Among people born in Israel, Pontius Pilate's wife ranks 77 out of 389Before her are Ehud Barak (1942), Amon of Judah (-660), James, son of Alphaeus (-10), Annas (-22), Dinah (null), and Ehud Olmert (1945). After her are Ada Yonath (1939), Jehoash of Judah (-843), Baldwin III of Jerusalem (1130), Amalric of Jerusalem (1136), Ahaziah of Judah (-900), and Simeon (null).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Pontius Pilate's wife ranks 41Before her are Penitent thief (-18), Rabbi Akiva (50), Ahmed Yassin (1937), Micah (-737), James, son of Alphaeus (-10), and Annas (-22). After her are Simeon (null), James, brother of Jesus (-20), Pope Theodore I (600), Epiphanius of Salamis (315), Nicodemus (-50), and Isaac Luria (1534).