Who were the Judas’s in the New Testament?

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In the New Testament, there are several men by the name of Judas. These are:

1-Judas Iscariot – He is one of the disciples of Jesus who followed Him for three years. Although, he witnessed Jesus’ ministry, His teaching, and His many miracles, he “betrayed him” (Mark 3:19) for 30 pieces of silver because of his love of money (Matthew 26:13-15). Driven by remorse for the horrible act of unfaithfulness, “he went away and hanged himself” (Matthew 27:5).

2-Judas “not Iscariot” (John 14:22) – He was generally identified as Lebbaeus (Matt. 10:3) or Thaddaeus (Mark 3:18), though the identification is not certain (Mark 3:18).

3-Judas of Galilee – “After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered” (Acts 5:37). He was a rebel, whom Josephus (Antiquities xviii. 1. 1) calls a Gaulonite, of the country east of Galilee whereas Luke calls him a Galilean. The insurrection of Judas, tried to achieve a complete independence of Israel from Rome. The movement forbade any payment of taxes to Caesar and allowed for the use of weapons. It was a religious war. Judas and his followers were affiliated with the Pharisees. Although the attempt was defeated with the death of its leader, it was the starting point to the sect of the Zealots.

4-Judas of Damascus – “The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying” (Acts 9:11). The record gives no information concerning this Judas, or why Saul had been led to his house.

5-Judas surnamed Barsabas – “Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, men who were leaders among the believers” (Acts 15:22). The name Barsabas was also carried by Joseph, “who was surnamed Justus” (Acts 1:23). If Barsabas is considered a family name, then this Judas and Joseph could have been brothers. Joseph was one of the personal followers of Jesus. And in Acts 15:32, Judas is called a prophet.

6- Juda or Judas (who, as were James, Joses, and Simon, was a brother of Jesus) – “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?” (Matthew 13:55). See also Acts 12:17, 15:13.

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