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Q. f/John Reece: Death of Judas?

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  • Q. f/John Reece: Death of Judas?

    Mr. Reece if you can weigh in I'd appreciate it, based on common claims of contradiction and attempts to resolve:

    Matthew 27
    3 When Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he repented and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. 4 He said, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 5 Throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he departed; and he went and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since they are blood money.” 7 After conferring together, they used them to buy the potter’s field as a place to bury foreigners. 8 For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. (NRSV)

    Acts 1
    18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) (NRSV)
    As we may know, attempts to resolve sometimes say Judas hanged himself (Matthew 27) then fell down from the rope and burst open (Acts 1).

    My question: in your view is it possible without an overly-strained interpretation to read Acts 1:18 as something more like:

    "Judas fell hard (from grace), his heart was broken, and his heart poured out (repentance/sorrow, from Matthew 27:3)"

    Thanks!

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    Originally posted by JohnnyP View Post
    Mr. Reece if you can weigh in I'd appreciate it, based on common claims of contradiction and attempts to resolve:

    As we may know, attempts to resolve sometimes say Judas hanged himself (Matthew 27) then fell down from the rope and burst open (Acts 1).

    My question: in your view is it possible without an overly-strained interpretation to read Acts 1:18 as something more like:

    "Judas fell hard (from grace), his heart was broken, and his heart poured out (repentance/sorrow, from Matthew 27:3)"
    No.

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