Do Christians consider Pontius Pilate, and his wife, Saints?
According to a book entitle "Jesus Prophet Of Islam" (by Muhammad Ata'ur-Rahim and Ahmad Thomson):
The key question is: Why do these Churches consider Pilate a Saint?
Concerning these one commentator writes: "The disposition to represent Pilate as himself becoming a Christian explains, perhaps, the belief of the Coptic Church that he died a saint and a martyr."
His wife, Claudia Procula, according to the tradition, had already become a convert to the new faith, and on that account she is honored as a saint by the Greek Church." (Source)
The Coptic and Ethiopian Churches believe that Jesus died on the cross. Pilate is considered a Saint in these Churches because of his alleged later conversion to Christianity, not because of a conspiracy to execute another man (Judas) in the place of Jesus.
Book recommendation: Pontius Pilate by Paul L. Maier
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