Rehabilitating Judas

The Jesus Memoirs

Although Matthew does present Judas as remorseful for his actions in 27:3-4, Judas is pretty much unanimously condemned in the Gospel tradition (cf. Mark 14:21 and parallels) and even demonized (John 6:70; 13:27; Luke 22:3). The opposite tendency is at work in popular culture with the fascination in rehabilitating this literary character. The reason may be that, while ancient biographers tended to view character as static and exemplified by deeds, modern biographers are interested in the complex, internal, psychological motivations of their subjects. Plus, we all like to root for the underdog. Kim Paffenroth wrote an article entitled “Film Depictions of JesusJournal of Religion & Film 5.2 (2001): 1-11 where he compares seven different film portrayals of Judas (i.e. The King of Kings, King of Kings, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Godspell, Jesus of Nazareth, The Last Temptation of Christ) that is…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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