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The Curious Case of Judas Iscariot

Season 1: Episode 21
The Curious Case of Judas Iscariot
Date Aired: 04/11/2023

For our final Easter episode, Helen and Dave tackle the biggest Easter “baddie” of them all, Judas Iscariot. Everyone knows that Judas betrayed Jesus, but… did he? The gospels, as usual, each put their own twist on Judas, and there’s compelling evidence that the character of Judas may have been borrowed from an earlier betrayal tradition involving King David. To clear it all up, we welcome special guest Paul Middleton, professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Chester.

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.