individuals or groups
did he do it?
Judas is the archetypal villain. Very little is known about him: there
is no mention of him during the ministry of Jesus in Galilee, as there
is of the other disciples.
by Nikolaj Nikolajewitsch
Was he simply not there at the time, or was
his name excluded later one because of what he had done?
back and look dispassionately at Judas. List all the different motives
he might have had for doing what he did.
Rank them in their order of likelihood.
in another's shoes
Read the gospel chapters dealing with the last days of Jesus, prior to his
death on the cross.
List the series of events in the lead-up to the
Now write a paragraph on each event, telling the story
Judas' point of view.
Films About Betrayal
painted wooden statue, Spain
(group or single activity)
Stage 1: Make up a list
some films about betrayal. You can choose
recent films or classics. If this is a group activity, choose films most
2: Glance over your list
Have you chosen films that are personal, relating to daily life, or ones
that are more about the big picture?
Do your favorites have a little of both?
3. What does this say about you and what you need in a story?
3: Choose your favorite
What are the central themes in this film?
Is the betrayal shown in a realistic light, or is it heavily weighted
into 'goodies' and 'baddies'?
Do any of the situations remind you of your own life or experiences?
7. Or does the film have universal themes?
4: Think about your choices
activity: discuss these questions, making sure everyone in the group has
a chance to talk about their ideas.
activity: sit down for a few minutes and focus your mind; make a quick
list of your favorites; read through the Stage 3 questions, and think
about your responses as you do other tasks in your day.
sinned by betraying innocent blood." But they said "What is that
"Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me". (John
thing about the gospels is that they can sum up universal problems in just a
sentence or two.
Think about these questions:
much innocent blood has been spilt in the centuries since the words
above were written?
many people have said, in effect, 'What is that to us?'
many times has each of us betrayed Jesus and what he stood for?
Did Judas watch Jesus die this horrific death?