I'm not sure how true the theory of Pilate's martyrdom is, but I would like it to be true. I always felt sorry for him, as it seemed he had really no idea what was going on and was genuinely concerned about violent rebellion if the Hebrews didn't get what they wanted. It seems like his wife wouldn't be likely to let the matter go if she prophesied to Pilate about Christ being a holy man.
I am with you on this one. He has always been the Biblical person closest to my heart.
Really? That's interesting. I don't know which one would be closest to my heart, but Pilate would probably be close.