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Meaning of JUDAS

Pronunciation:  'joodus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a one-way peephole in a door
  2. [n]  someone who betrays under the guise of friendship
  3. [n]  (New Testament) the Apostle who betrayed Jesus to his enemies for 30 pieces of silver
  4. [n]  (New Testament) supposed brother of St James; one of the Apostles who is invoked in prayer when a situation seems hopeless

JUDAS is a 5 letter word that starts with J.


 Synonyms: Judas Iscariot, Jude, Saint Jude, St Jude, Thaddaeus
 See Also: Apostle, betrayer, double-crosser, double-dealer, peephole, spyhole, traitor, two-timer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ju"das\, n.
The disciple who betrayed Christ. Hence: A treacherous
person; one who betrays under the semblance of friendship. --
a. Treacherous; betraying.

{Judas hole}, a peephole or secret opening for spying.

{Judas kiss}, a deceitful and treacherous kiss.

{Judas tree} (Bot.), a leguminous tree of the genus {Cercis},
   with pretty, rose-colored flowers in clusters along the
   branches. Judas is said to have hanged himself on a tree
   of this genus ({C. Siliquastrum}). {C. Canadensis} and {C.
   occidentalis} are the American species, and are called
   also {redbud}.

Easton Bible Dictionary

the Graecized form of Judah. (1.) The patriarch (Matt. 1:2, 3).

(2.) Son of Simon (John 6:71; 13:2, 26), surnamed Iscariot, i.e., a man of Kerioth (Josh. 15:25). His name is uniformly the last in the list of the apostles, as given in the synoptic (i.e., the first three) Gospels. The evil of his nature probably gradually unfolded itself till "Satan entered into him" (John 13:27), and he betrayed our Lord (18:3). Afterwards he owned his sin with "an exceeding bitter cry," and cast the money he had received as the wages of his iniquity down on the floor of the sanctuary, and "departed and went and hanged himself" (Matt. 27:5). He perished in his guilt, and "went unto his own place" (Acts 1:25). The statement in Acts 1:18 that he "fell headlong and burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out," is in no way contrary to that in Matt. 27:5. The sucide first hanged himself, perhaps over the valley of Hinnom, "and the rope giving way, or the branch to which he hung breaking, he fell down headlong on his face, and was crushed and mangled on the rocky pavement below."

Why such a man was chosen to be an apostle we know not, but it is written that "Jesus knew from the beginning who should betray him" (John 6:64). Nor can any answer be satisfactorily given to the question as to the motives that led Judas to betray his Master. "Of the motives that have been assigned we need not care to fix on any one as that which simply led him on. Crime is, for the most part, the result of a hundred motives rushing with bewildering fury through the mind of the criminal."

(3.) A Jew of Damascus (Acts 9:11), to whose house Ananias was sent. The street called "Straight" in which it was situated is identified with the modern "street of bazaars," where is still pointed out the so-called "house of Judas."

(4.) A Christian teacher, surnamed Barsabas. He was sent from Jerusalem to Antioch along with Paul and Barnabas with the decision of the council (Acts 15:22, 27, 32). He was a "prophet" and a "chief man among the brethren."

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