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  1. That would make sense… and is probably the first inklings of antisemitism in the West, as well, since surely Judas being called ‘iscariot’ — which is actually a corruption of the name of the Iscariote group of the time — is a way to shift blame onto the Jews, which is something the Catholic Church has been gravely accused of. Quite often, too, and often with justifiably so.

  2. Huh, that’s interesting re the surname Iscariot. Regarding the thoughts of the person who inserted the Judas element into the crucifixion mythos, I think it’s pretty clear he was simply “shifting blame” from Roman shoulders (where it likely belonged) to Jewish — in an effort to encourage more mainstream and Roman converts and acceptance.

  3. It is interesting to note some of the etymology that hints at the actual origin of Judas Iscariot’s inclusion. One of the theories as to the unusual ‘Iscariot’ name is that the Iscariot were a terrorist group of the time of the Roman occupation of Judea — a sort of ‘Judean People’s Liberation Front.’ Which brings up some deep concerns about the whole story, considering that Judas betrayed Jesus to those selfsame Romans. I have to wonder what the person who tossed Judas into the story was thinking.

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