Judas Iscariot is one of the original twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He betrayed Jesus Christ to the Jewish authorities in return for thirty pieces of silver. Overcome with remorse, he later committed suicide by hanging in 33 A.D.
Here are the ten things you should know about Judas Iscariot:
- Judas was a very popular Jewish name. Judas was a Greek spelling for the Hebrew name Judah, meaning “praise”.
- Judas was born on Kerioth, a city 15 miles south of Hedron, in Israel. The Hebrew word, “Ishkeriyyoth”, for Iscariot means “The man from the village of Keriyyoth”.
- He was mentored by Jesus. Judas Iscariot not only traveled with Jesus, he studied under him for three years.
- Jesus really trusted him. He was a handpicked disciple of Jesus Christ. He trusted him so much, he was made treasurer of the apostolic evangelistic team by Jesus himself.
- He was a dynamic figure. Not only he was a handpicked disciple, he was a preacher of the gospel, a healer of the sick and casted out demons.
- He was the son of Simon Iscariot. While many Simons are referenced in the Bible and which Simon it was wasn’t confirmed, many people believe he was the son of Simon Peter.
- According to the Book of John 12:6, Judas Iscariot “was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag, he used to help himself to what was put in it”.
- He never sought the Lord’s forgiveness. While Judas attempted to undo the harm he had done after his betrayal, he never sought the Lord’s forgiveness. He thought it was too late for him and ended his life.
- Some scholars believe that his motive wasn’t greed. While on the surface, Judas Iscariot’s motive seemed to be greed, some scholars speculate political desires was what prompted the betrayal.
- Despite his notorious role in the Gospel narratives, Judas remains a controversial figure in Christian history. For instance, Judas’ betrayal is seen as setting in motion the events that led to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection which, according to traditional Christian theology, brought salvation to humanity.