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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 620,463 page views. Her biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Pontius Pilate's wife is the 634th most popular religious figure (down from 507th in 2019), the 90th most popular biography from Israel (down from 76th in 2019) and the 41st most popular 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 634 out of 2,238Before her are Norbert of Xanten, Margot Frank, Peter Lombard, Epiphanius of Salamis, Isaac Luria, and Charles Taze Russell. After her are Isaac of Nineveh, William Tyndale, Je Tsongkhapa, Basilios Bessarion, Billy Graham, and Giulia Farnese.

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Among people born in 6, Pontius Pilate's wife ranks 2Before her is John the Apostle. After her are Nero Julius Caesar and Lucilius Junior. Among people deceased in 100, Pontius Pilate's wife ranks 27Before her are Simon of Cyrene, Saint Sarah, Anna the Prophetess, Ananias of Damascus, Nicodemus, and Herod Agrippa II. After her are Zebedee, Pomponius Mela, Silas, Lydia of Thyatira, Cornelius the Centurion, and Philip the Evangelist.

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Among people born in Israel, Pontius Pilate's wife ranks 90 out of 430Before her are Ahaziah of Israel (-870), Pope Theodore I (600), Manasseh (-709), Nicodemus (-50), Epiphanius of Salamis (315), and Isaac Luria (1534). After her are Berenice (28), Uri Geller (1946), Isabella II of Jerusalem (1212), Unas (-2400), Zephaniah (-701), and Ezer Weizman (1924).


Among religious figures born in Israel, Pontius Pilate's wife ranks 41Before her are Rabbi Akiva (50), Penitent thief (-18), Pope Theodore I (600), Nicodemus (-50), Epiphanius of Salamis (315), and Isaac Luria (1534). After her are Zephaniah (-701), James, brother of Jesus (-20), Canaan (null), Philip the Evangelist (100), Simeon of Jerusalem (100), and Mariam Baouardy (1846).