According to the account given in the Gospel of John, Judas carried the disciples' money bag
and betrayed Jesus for a bribe of "thirty pieces of silver "
There are two differentcanonicalreferences to the remainder of Judas' life:
says that, after Jesus' arrest by the Roman authorities (but beforehis execution), the guilt-ridden Judas returned the bribe to the priests and committed
suicideby hanging himself. The priests, forbidden by Jewish law from returning themoney to the treasury, used it to buy the potter's field
in order to bury strangers. TheGospel account
presents this as a fulfilment of prophecy.
says that Judas used the bribe to buy a field, but fell down, and
burst asunder in the midst, and all hisbowelsgushed out
Field Of Blood
Another account was preserved by the early Christian leader, Papias: "Judas walked about in this
world a sad example of impiety; for his body having swollen to such an extent that he could not pass where a chariot could pass easily, he was crushed by the chariot, so that his bowels gushedout."
1891 by Nikolai GeRaymond E. Browngave the contradictory accounts of the death of Judas as an example of anobvious contradiction in the Bible texts: "Luke's account of the death of Judas in Acts 1:18 isscarcely reconcilable with Matt 27:3-10."
This problem was one of the points that caused C. S.Lewis, for example, to reject the view "that every statement in Scripture must be historicaltruth".
Various attempts at harmonization have been tried since ancient times,
such as thatJudas hanged himself in the field, and afterwards the rope snapped, and his body burst open onthe ground,
or that the accounts of Acts and Matthew refer to two different transactions.
Modern scholars tend to reject these approaches
stating that the Matthew account is amidrashic exposition that allows the author to present the event as a fulfillment of prophetic passages from the Old Testament. They argue that the author adds imaginative details such as thethirty pieces of silver, and the fact that Judas hangs himself, to an earlier tradition about Judas'sdeath.