Keywords:Judas, betrayal of Jesus
AbstractBetrayal 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.
Copyright of all NGTT material belongs to the Pieter de Waal Neethling Trust (PDWN Trust). The PDWN Trust is a trust fund established in 1932 with the aim of promoting quality theological research and publications.
The PDWN Trust pledges to maintain a legitimate scholarly record of the author’s work and to defend the author’s article against plagiarism and copyright infringement.
The PDWN Trust is committed to full Open Source publishing. This means that all articles published in NGTT will gradually be made freely available online. Authors maintain the right to:
- Share and self-archive their work.
- Make printed copies of their article for educational use.
- Present their article at a meeting or conference and distribute printed copies of the article
- Adapt and expand their published journal article to make it suitable for their thesis or dissertation.
- Republish the article (ensuring that the original article is cited as published in NGTT).
For any questions or queries in this regard, please contact the Editor.