Who is Judas?

Judas Iscariot is considered to be one of the 12 disciples and part of a group called the Zealots. They wanted the physical overthrow of the Roman rule and local Jewish rule to take over. Some believe that the betrayal of Jesus in the garden was a ploy to force Jesus' hand and get Him to act on setting up the kingdom He promised. Judas identified Jesus in the dark to the soldiers and was given 30 pieces of silver. He, to this day, has his name besmirched because of it and went out and committed suicide without repentance. Although Peter denied knowing Jesus at the execution he repented and his name is praised.