Are there two contradictory stories about Judas Iscariot?

Question: Did the gospels give two contradictory stories about the death of Judas Iscariot?

Answer: Here are the two references about the death of Judas Iscariot:

“Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:5). This he must have done almost immediately, for those conducting Jesus to Calvary discovered the mangled body of Judas by the roadside as they left the city (Acts 1:18).

“Now this man purchased a field with the wages of iniquity; and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his entrails gushed out” (Acts 1:18). Judas was probably the most ambitious among Jesus’ disciples, and he desired to achieve worldly heights of worldly power. Instead of the heights to which he desired he perished by, “falling headlong.” Judas horrible sin and then death revealed the tragic results of such ambition.

Some critics claim that the Bible is giving contradictory reports in the story of Judah’s death. But  the truth is that these two accounts are one and the same. Judas hanged himself first and then fell on the ground causing his body to burst open. Luke, being a doctor, gives us a more graphic description of what occurred following the hanging. There is no contradiction about Judas’ death only two descriptions given by two different writers from two different perspectives.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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