Death of Judas Traditions

prepared by Alan Humm from material produced by Robert Kraft

Matthew 27:3-10

Acts 1:18-20


When Judas...saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and returned the 30 pieces of silver, ...saying, "I have sinned." ... They said, "...That's your business!" Judas walked about in this world a great example of impiety, his flesh so swollen that he found it impossible to pass through a place where a wagon easily passes... His genitals appeared more loathsome and larger than the private parts of anyone else; and even when he relieved himself, there passed through them to his shame, pus and worms which flowed together from every part of his body.
And throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple he departed; Now Judas bought a field with the reward of his wickedness;
and he went and hanged himself. and falling headlong (or, 'swelling up'), he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. After many agonies and punishments, they say, he died
But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money." So they took counsel, and bought with them a potter's field in which to bury strangers. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, in his own place.
Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. so that field was called in their language akeldama, that is Field of Blood. which to the present day is desolate and uninhabited from the ill odor.


Last Modified March 13, 1996
by Alan Humm