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Authors

  • J Theron

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/ngtt.2004.v45n3.a33

Keywords:

Judas, betrayal of Jesus

Abstract

Betrayal This article is about Judas and the betrayal of Jesus. In the discussion it is shown that Judas, contrary to the common belief in the church that he had a Satanic character and purpose, was seemingly a responsible church leader with good intentions. Against the humanitarian sympathy for Judas the depth of his betrayal is shown exactly in the fact that it was done with good intentions. Judas was confronted by Jesus’ strange pronouncements about the nation, the temple and the law as well as his incomprehensible behaviour when the woman anointed his feet in Bethany. He experienced these things as a betrayal. The name and person of Judas reveal the ambiguous nature of the act of betrayal. The use of the word “betrayal” and related concepts in the Word of God explain its ambiguous character even further. The disturbing conclusion of the article is that Judas betrayed Jesus through his good intentions and in service of God.

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Published

2004-12-31

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Articles • Artikels