Who was Judas?
John: "He was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein" (xii, 6).
Judas was thus the first Christian treasurer. But why did Jesus, if omniscient, as claimed, select a thief for this office? Was he unable to conduct his ministry without the aid of one?
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Judas Iscariot was one of the 12 disciples. He betrayed Jesus for 30 peaces of silver.
Note that a second apostle was also named Judas but he was the son of James that was mentioned in Luke 6:16. In the Gospel of Mark he is called Thaddaeus where this was his Greek name and Judas was his Jewish name.
1. The most-often mentioned is Judas Iscariot, betrayer of Jesus. (In reference to him, scripture almost always specifies "Iscariot," or reminds the reader that he betrayed Jesus, as in Matt. 27:3 and John 18:2.) His father's name was Simon (John 13:26).
2. Another apostle, also known as Thaddeus or Lebbaeus, mentioned in the answer above, whose father's name was James (Luke 6:16). John 14:22 refers to him as "Judas (not Iscariot)."
3. A half-brother of Jesus (Matthew 13:55).
4. A prophet surnamed Barsabas, of the church at Jerusalem (Acts 15:22)
5. A Jew of the city of Damascus (Acts 9:11)
6. A false messiah from Galilee (Acts 5:37)