Epistles of Thomas

January 23, 2008

Poor Judas

Filed under: Church Fathers,Translation — Thomas @ 21:46

It was recently been rediscovered what truly happened to Judas after he hung himself and was subsequently cut down. Apollinaris of Laodicaea from the fourth century provides us with detailed information passed along by Papias a disciple of John:

“Judas was a terrible, walking example of ungodliness in this world, his flesh so bloated that he was not able to pass through a place where a wagon passes easily, not even his bloated head by itself. For his eyelids, they say, were so swollen that he could not see the light at all, and his eyes could not be seen, even by a doctor using an optical instrument, so far had they sunk below the outer surface. His genitals appeared more loathsome and larger than anyone else’s, and when he relieved himself there passed through it pus and worms from every part of his body, much to his shame. After much agony and punishment, they say, he finally died in his own place, and because of the stench the area is deserted and uninhabitable even now; in fact, to this day no one can pass that place unless they hold their nose, so great was the discharge from his body and so far did it spread over the ground.”

Michael William Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers : Greek Texts and English Translations (Updated ed.; Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1999), 584-5. Hat tip to Clifford Kvidahl.

While not as much fun as the Gospel of Judas it would certainly make for a gory movie and no doubt attract the teenage audience.

1 Comment »

  1. Gross

    Comment by keiraine — May 15, 2012 @ 9:31 | Reply

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