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Matthew and Money
There are two extreme schools of thought as to the means by which the books of the Bible were composed. The one, which we might call the “dictation” school, implies that the authors were really no more than “secretaries” who wrote down, word for word, what God spoke to them. The other extreme declares that the authors compiled and arranged and edited various materials, part written and part oral, from many older sources. Since these sources were not necessarily “inspired” in any regular sense of the word, and since the compiler was at liberty to “pick and choose”, therefore the final result could scarcely be considered the infallible “word of God”. An “advancement” (?) upon this second school of thought is that the gospels, for example, did not take their final forms until some time in the second century, after later disciples “tinkered around” with their predecessors’ stories.
Who Bought the Potter’s Field, Judas or the Jews?
(Matthew 27:7-10) — “And they counseled together and with the money bought the Potter’s Field as a burial place for strangers. For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one whose price had been set by the sons of Israel; and they gave them for the Potter’s Field, as the Lord directed me.”
Judas: 30 Pieces of Silver
I’ve got 30 pieces of meWrapped up in sackcloth and misery30 pieces of treacherySilver pieces of sin and sorrowTurning freedom into slaveryStealing away my tomorrowI’ve got 30 pieces of silver sinSelling me out and trading me in30 pieces of death and regretCheap trinkets and lies—I lost the betWithout a doubt—I’ve got 30 pieces of selling outGambled with Life and sold Him strife!This is what I’m all aboutMy life hangs in silver piecesDeath and judgment into eternityI’ve got 30 pieces of meOne silver coin of self-flipping in the air—No sense of concern; no empathy; no careOne silver coin of selfishness and apathy—I led them to he garden at night, you see—Darkness got the best of meOne silver coin of greed and tragedy—A public spectacle for all to seeOne silver coin slide—I have nothing but my prideOne silver coin roll—I’m a devil out of controlOne silver coin of lies— Deceit covered all eyesOne silver coin would just roll and roll— Religion takes its toll; it sells the soulOne silver coin of shame—I gave them His place and His nameOne silver coin of lust—I seek my own good, because I mustOne silver coin tumbles to the floor—All I wanted was just a little moreOne silver coin sings with a ring—I sold out The King of Kings—For anything a King would bringOne silver coin crashes—I took the money and He took the lashesOne silver coin shimmer—It’s the things of this world that glimmerOne silver coin of thirty—My hands are dirty One silver coin fall—This looser looses allOne silver coin bounces and flips—Trust is gone; I’ve lost my gripOne silver coin hits the wall—I took the money; He took the fallOne silver coin clashes another—I sold out my brotherOne silver coin dances in the spill—I stole from the poor; it’s a bitter pillOne silver coin with another, they meet—I betray with a kiss when I greetOne silver coin rolled alone—It spilt out upon the stoneOne silver coin numbered with many—Buried in the potter’s field, a death as good as any One silver coin spun in time—We dip together when we dine, His hand and mineOne silver coin teetered and swayed—Lies, death, greed, lust and idols persuadeOne silver coin drops in line—A coward coerced and without a spineOne silver coin follows the other—In the darkness of the darkness’s coverOne silver coin snags and shakes loose—Hangs in the bag like the betrayer’s nooseOne silver coin fell through the cracks—This one has a devil and the devil gives no take-backsOne silver coin snagged and delayed—The deed has been done; He was betrayedOne silver coin splashed and up it sprang—There from the branch despair would hangI’ve got 30 pieces of mePoured out on the ground for all to see.
Did Matthew Confuse Jeremiah With Zechariah?
Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me. (Matthew 27:9-10)
Judas and the Thirty Pieces of Silver
There appears to be a discordance between two parallel passages, one in Matthew 26 and the other in Mark 14, in respect to Judas’ wages for betraying Jesus.
Aceldama: Twice Earned
There was an interesting little article in the Expositor (August, 1908) by Canon Sherlock, on what is often quoted as an instance of hopeless discrepancy, the account of the last actions of Judas, as related by Matthew and in the Acts. He shows, for instance, that the “reward of iniquity” in Acts 1:18 is not said to consist of the thirty pieces of silver at all. He argues well that the price of the field was stolen from the bag (John 12:6, R.V.) and is rightly called by the above terms. This purchase was therefore arranged before the betrayal. The priests, having their attention called to the plot of ground by the ghastly end of the traitor, determined to spend the “price of blood” upon its acquisition, and hence its name Aceldama was twice-earned, once by the suicide, once by the bloodstained pieces which were paid for it as a public cemetery. The answer, therefore, to the dilemma, “Who bought the field, Judas or the priests?” is, “Both, at successive dates.”
Who Purchased The Potter’s Field?
“And the chief priests took the silver pieces, . . . and they took counsel, and bought with them the potter’s field to bury strangers in.” (Matthew 27:6-7)
30 Pieces of Silver
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Judas Returning the Thirty Silver Pieces (1629 oil)
Judas Returns the Money
Judas Returns the Thirty Coins (6th c. illumination)
Judas Throw the Money
Judas to Betray Jesus
Judas to Betray Jesus
The Remorse of Judas
Repentance of Judas (1874)
The Story of Judas
Aceldama, Akeldama or Hakeldama (Aramaic: חקל דמא field of blood) is the Aramaic name for a place in Jerusalem associated with Judas Iscariot, one of the followers of Jesus.
Thirty pieces of silver
Thirty pieces of silver was the price for which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, according to an account in the Gospel of Matthew 26:15 in the New Testament. Before the Last Supper, Judas is said to have gone to the chief priests and agreed to hand over Jesus in exchange for 30 silver coins, and to have returned the money afterwards, filled with remorse.