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dc.contributor.authorMiddleton, Paul*
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-28T11:25:35Z
dc.date.available2018-09-28T11:25:35Z
dc.date.issued2018-08-22
dc.identifier.citationMiddleton, P. (2018). The "Noble Death of Judas Iscariot: A Reconsideration of Suicide in the Bible and Early Christianity. Journal of Religion and Violence, 6(2), 245-266en_US
dc.identifier.issn0738-098X
dc.identifier.doi10.5840/jrv201882154
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/621441
dc.description.abstractThis essay problematizes the often repeated claim that Jewish and Christian traditions have always and unambiguously opposed suicide. By examining the suicide narratives in the Hebrew Bible and late Second Temple texts, alongside early Christian martyr texts which demonstrate not only enthusiasm for death, but suicide martyrdom, I argue that many Jewish and Christian self-killings conform to Greco-Roman patterns Noble Death. Finally, I consider the death of Judas Iscariot, and having removed any a priori reason to interpret his suicide negatively, I argue Matthew’s account of his self-killing compares favourably with Luke’s narrative, in which he is the victim of divine execution. Moreover, I conclude that Matthew’s main concern is to transfer the blame for Jesus’ death from Judas to the Jewish authorities, and that he has Judas impose on himself to the appropriate and potentially expiatory penalty for his action. Thus, I conclude, even Judas’s iconic suicide can be read quite plausibly as an example of Noble Death.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherPhilosophy Documentation Centeren_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.pdcnet.org/jrv/content/jrv_2018_0999_8_21_54en_US
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectJudas Iscarioten_US
dc.subjectSamsonen_US
dc.subjectSaulen_US
dc.subjectMartyrdomen_US
dc.subjectNoble Deathen_US
dc.subjectSelf-killingen_US
dc.titleThe "Noble Death" of Judas Iscariot: A Reconsideration of Suicide in the Bible and Early Christianityen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Religion and Violenceen_US
or.grant.openaccessYesen_US
rioxxterms.funderunfundeden_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.versionofrecordhttps://doi.org/10.5840/jrv201882154
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2018-08-22
rioxxterms.publicationdate2018-08-22
dc.dateAccepted2018-08-22
dc.date.deposited2018-09-28


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