Judas & the Choice of Matthias
A Study on Context & Concern of Acts 1:15-26

By Arie W. Zwiep
December 2004
Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 3161484525
292 p Illustrated, 6 1/8" x 9 1/8"
$107.50 Paper Original

Judas Iscariot is a captivating figure and the way he died in particular is most intriguing. For if any credit is given to the many ages of Christian and Jewish tradition, he must have died a great many deaths and yet he seems to have survived as many times as that - mostly through failed suicide attempts - very much like the proverbial cat with nine lives.

Whereas the NT writings provide us with only two versions of his death - according to the gospel of Matthew he committed suicide by hanging himself, according to the Acts of the Apostles he died by an unfortunate and dramatic fall - in the early church and subsequent history a perplexing number of alternative versions of his death circulated, not seldom in conscious opposition to the biblical records.

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. No. 187

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