One of Jesus' disciples, who betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver.
Judas was one of Jesus' twelve disciples and responsible for the funds for Jesus' followers (John 12:6). When Jesus arrived in Jerusalem at the end of his ministry, Judas went to the chief priests and offered to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. He led a crowd to Gethsemane and identified Jesus with a kiss, thereby delivering Jesus into their hands. The New Testament includes two different stories about his death. In Matthew 27:3-10, Judas regrets his betrayal, throws the pieces of silver down in the temple, and hangs himself. In Acts 1:16-20, Judas acquires a field with his blood money, falls in that field, and dies when his body bursts open.
AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus