THE ROLE OF JUDAS / THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS
Specific passages about Judas in the Bible
Specific passages related to the initial selection of disciples by Jesus:
||Mark 3:19: "And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him."
||Matthew 10:4b: "...and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him."
||Luke 6:16b: "and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor."
||John 6:64-71: "But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that
believed not, and who should betray him....From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him....Jesus
answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for
he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve."
Specific passages related to Judas' contact with the priests:
||Mark 14:10-11: "And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests,
to betray him unto them. And when they heard it, they were glad, and
promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently
||Matthew 26:14-16: "Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief
priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver
him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him."
||Luke 22:3-6: "Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number
of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests
and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and
covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to
betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude."
Specific passages related to the meal at Bethany:
In addition to being described as a betrayer of Jesus, Judas is portrayed as
||John 12:4-6: "Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot,
Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three
hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the
poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put
Specific passages related to the Last Supper:
||Mark 14:18-21: Jesus said: "Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray
me. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is
it I? and another said, Is it I? And he answered and said unto them, It
is one of the twelve, that dippeth with me in the dish. The Son of man
indeed goeth, as it is written of him: but woe to that man by whom the
Son of man is betrayed! good were it for that man if he had never been
||Matthew 26:21-25: "And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you
shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one
of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said, He
that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The
Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son
of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said
unto him, Thou hast said."
||Luke 22:21-23: "But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is
with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but
woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to enquire among
themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing."
||John 13:2: "And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the
heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him."
"When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified,
and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray
me.....He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And
when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of
Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto
him, That thou doest, do quickly."
Specific passages related to Jesus' arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane:
The three synoptic gospels state that Judas identified Jesus by kissing him.
"John" has Jesus ask the temple guard twice for whom they were looking; Judas'
role became largely redundant.
||Mark 14:42-45: "Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand. And
immediately, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and
with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief
priests and the scribes and the elders. And he that betrayed him had
given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he;
take him, and lead him away safely. And as soon as he was come, he goeth
straightway to him, and saith, Master, master; and kissed him."
||Matthew 26:46-50: "Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.
And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him
a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and
elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying,
Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. And forthwith
he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him. And Jesus said
unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid
hands on Jesus, and took him."
||Luke 22:47: "And while he [Jesus] yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was
called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto
Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the
Son of man with a kiss?"
||John 18:2-5: "And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus
ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. Judas then, having
received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and
Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. Jesus
therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and
said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth.
Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him,
stood with them."
Additional biblical passages that mention Judas:
||Matthew 27:3: Judas' feels remorse: "Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was
condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of
silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I
have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see
thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and
departed, and went and hanged himself."
||Acts 1:25: Acts forms a continuation of the Gospel of Luke and
was written by the same author. "Luke" describes the selection of a
successor to Judas: "That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from
which Judas by transgression fell..."
Copyright © 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
First published: 2006-APR-07
Most recent update: 2006-APR-08
Author: B.A. Robinson