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Friday, January 1, 2010

Are there two different accounts of Judas' death in the Bible?

Acts 1:18 says of Judas:

"This very man, therefore, purchased a field with the wages for unrighteousness, and pitching head foremost he noisily burst in his midst and all his intestines were poured out."

Mt. 27:5 says of Judas:

"So he threw the silver pieces into the temple and withdrew, and went off and hanged himself."

It appears that it is the same account. The combination of the accounts just need to be taken into consideration. It seems as though Judas tried to hang himself over a cliff and then something happened so that he fell to burst open on the rocks below. While Matthew writes about the way that Judas took his life, Acts describes the result of it.