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Judas Iscariot

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One of the twelve *apostles, Judas was responsible for the *Betrayal of *Christ, which led to Christ’s *Arrest, *Trials, and eventual *Crucifixion. The Gospels recount that Judas struck a bargain with the Jewish high priests either before or after the *Last Supper and received thirty pieces of silver in payment for leading guards to Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane and identifying him . Judas is less frequently depicted accepting the payment and more often shown attempting to return the money after Jesus was sentenced to *death. The high priests refused the money; Judas is depicted standing before the elders with a money bag or pouring out the silver pieces as he flees. This subject appears in sixth-century mosaics and manuscripts and is often followed by the scene of Judas’s suicide. Matthew (27: 5) tells that Judas hanged himself, which subject appears, paired with the Crucifixion, on early fifth-century ivories. In sixth- and ninth-century manuscripts, the image of Judas’s suicide is found next to the scene of the Betrayal. Examples from the twelfth century and later often include the *Devil or *demons in the scene of Judas’s suicide, gleefully receiving Judas’s *soul. Judas’s belly may be shown as slit open, with his entrails gushing out; this follows Acts 1:18 where Saint *Peter describes Judas’s death by falling and bursting open. Judas is also found in images of *hell, tormented by demons or chewed by the Devil. He is frequently identifiable by his pose and gestures in images of the Last Supper as well as the episode at Bethany when he objected to *Mary Magdalene’s anointing of Jesus with oil.
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