Christian History

Facts About the Apostle Judas Iscariot

Judas was the only Judean among the Galilean disciples. From the beginning, he was outspoken about his nationalistic beliefs. He desired for Jesus to fulfill his dreams. He was a greedy, covetous person who often used his position as the treasurer to take for himself. Judas is considered an enigma because it is not understood how someone who was in the personal presence of Jesus so much could betray Him. Judas gave Jesus to the Romans for thirty pieces of silver. It is important to remember that Judas was not the ultimate reason Jesus was crucified. It is because of our sins that He was made to die on the cross. Judas hanged himself after betraying Jesus. His symbol in the Catholic church is a hangman’s noose and a money purse with pieces of silver falling from it.

Name: Judas Iscariot

Family: Simon (Father)

Nicknames: Traitor

  • Gained because he betrayed Jesus and got Him crucified

Personality:

  • Violent
  • Nationalist
  • Covetous
  • Greedy

Life before Christ:

  • Lived in Judah near Jericho
  • Was a violent Nationalist

Accomplishments:

  • Was the treasurer of the disciples
  • Often stole from the money purse
  • Was outspoken and a leader among the disciples
  • Betrayed Jesus to the Romans

Death:

  • Hanged himself after betraying Jesus