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Framställningen av Judas Iskariot: En förändringsprocess?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The image of Judas Iscariot : A changing progress? (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to identify the criticism that has been directed towards the traditional description of Judas Iscariot as a traitor. After a survey and analysis of the critical revisionists' arguments, a discussion follows regarding the possible effects this may have on future ways of describing Judas Iscariot.

Based on the results that have been elucidated, this essay concludes that the traditional description of Judas in recent times has been forced to endure fairly strong criticism. To summarize this criticism, the main argument raised by today’s revisionists consists of linguistic and historical phenomena. According to these Judas Iscariot has been subject to a, according to some, deliberate demonization; where he over time has become portrayed as more blameworthy. This representation has been rejected by the revisionists in favor of an alternative version, which instead emphasizes Judas as a faithful and obedient servant; the one closest to Jesus.

Another primary argument from the revisionists' is the misuse of the Greek verb paradidomi. Based on this linguistic argument, Judas should be regarded as a (obedient) servant when he handed over Jesus, rather than a traitor. The motive behind Judas's actions is in this context considered to be good - although this version did not become known and rewarded for the posterity; which probably explains why Judas's negative attributes all the way back since this era are fairly negative, and then developed in the same track.

Through this criticism, an alternative interpretation of the historical Judas Iscariot has been introduced. Based on the arguments that have been discussed in this essay, it is possible that we will eventually get to see this alternate interpretation given more legitimacy; but for the time being it seems rather unlikely that something so radically that a paradigm shift is imminent. As this discussion has intensified, combined with the increasing number of discoveries within this field that today are revealed, the revisionist critique, however, has gained more legitimacy - something that probably may proceed for some time to come.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 33 p.
Keyword [sv]
Judas, Iskariot, förrädare, överlämnade, paradidomi
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-39492OAI: diva2:783983
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Religious Studies
Available from: 2015-03-04 Created: 2015-01-28 Last updated: 2015-03-04Bibliographically approved

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