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Judas Iscariot

by Micha F. Lindemans
The apostle who betrayed Jesus Christ to the Sanhedrin, the supreme national tribunal of the Jews. Judas served as steward to Jesus and his other disciples. In the Gospel of John (12:6), Judas is portrayed as covetous and dishonest. According to the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, greed made him betray Jesus to the chief priest for 30 pieces of silver. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke represent Jesus as conscious of the premeditated treachery, which he foretold. When Judas saw the consequences of his betrayal, he was filled with despair and killed himself (about 28 CE). The New Testament contains two different accounts of his death (see Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-20).

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