A Note on the Death of Judas in Papias

  title={A Note on the Death of Judas in Papias},
  author={Candida R. Moss},
  journal={New Testament Studies},
  pages={388 - 397}
  • C. Moss
  • Published 1 July 2019
  • Philosophy
  • New Testament Studies
In early Christian literature the death of Judas is broadly understood as a fitting end to the life of the betrayer of Jesus. Papias’ description of Judas’ death can be illuminated by comparison with ancient biographical and medical literature, in which oedema and parasitic infections are a consequence of greed, and also apocalyptic texts, in which worms become an emblematic form of divine punishment after death. Viewed in this context the death of Judas serves a pedagogical function as a… 

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