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The Apostle who betrayed his Divine Master The name Judas Ioudas is the Greek form of Judah Hebrew praised a proper name frequently found both in the Old and the New Testament Even among the Twelve there were two that bore the name and for this reason it is usually associated with the surname Iscariot Heb a man of Kerioth or Carioth which is a city of Judah cf Joshua 1525 There can be no doubt that this is the right interpretation of the name though the true origin is obscured in the Greek spelling and as might be expected other derivations have been suggested eg from Issachar Very little is told us in the Sacred Text concerning the history of Judas Iscariot beyond the bare facts of his call to the Apostolate his treachery and his death His birthplace as we have seen is indicated in his name Iscariot and it may be remarked that his origin separates him from the other Apostles who were all Galileans For Kerioth is a city of Judah It has been suggested that this fact may have had some influence on his career by causing want of sympathy with his brethren in the Apostolate We are told nothing concerning the circumstances of his call or his share in the ministry and miracles of the Apostles And it is significant that he is never mentioned without some reference to his great betrayal Thus in the list of the Apostles given in the Synoptic Gospels we read and Judas Iscariot who also betrayed him Matthew 104 Cf Mark 319 Luke 616 So again in St Johns Gospel the name first occurs in connection with the foretelling of the betrayal Jesus answered them Have not I chosen you twelve and one of you is a devil Now he meant Judas Iscariot the son of Simon for this same was about to betray him whereas he was one of the
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