The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #20: Judas Iscariot

This week’s theme music is “Judas Skin” from the Vigilantes of Love record Slow Dark Train.

General Introduction

– What’s on the blog?
– An historical moment for the Christian Humanist Podcast
– Detective fiction from Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett
– Our upcoming series on Lost

Introduction to Judas
– Getting agitated
– How do we picture him?
– Judas as revolutionary and hipster disciple
– What does Iscariot mean?

Etymology of “Judas”
– Judah the son of Israel
– Judas the Maccabee
– What this double lineage means

Jesus and Judas
– Why did Jesus pick Judas?
– Michial gives the Calvinist party line
– Zealots and tax collectors
– Judas as disciple, not betrayer

A Long Tangent About Inerrancy
– The Passover timeline
– Harmony vs. difference
– The search for the historical truth
– How did Judas die?

Judas in Literature
– Dante and “the morning breath of eternity”
– Anglo-Saxon Middle Ages stuff
– A New Kind of Judas: American literature

Judas on Film
The Matrix (of all things)
– Anti-semitism
– Why The Passion of the Christ is a bad movie

The Ghost of Judas
– His eternal destination
– Did Judas have to do what he did?
– To what extent are we ourselves Judases?
– Judas as fascist poet

Adams, Douglas. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. New York: Pocket, 1998.

Baum, Paull Franklin. “The Mediæval Legend of Judas Iscariot.” PMLA 31.3 (1916): 481-632.

Beadle, Richard and Pamela M. King, eds. York Mystery Plays: A Selection in Modern Spelling. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.

Buechner, Frederick. Peculiar Treasures: A Biblical Who’s Who. San Francisco: Harper, 1979.

Child, Francis James, ed. The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. New York: Forgotten, 2007. 5 volumes.

Cullen, Countee. “Judas Iscariot.” Collected Poems. New York: Library of America, 2010. (forthcoming)

Dante. The Divine Comedy. Trans. Dorothy L. Sayers. New York: Penguin, 1950. 3 volumes.

Eliot, T.S. “Journey of the Magi.” The Complete Poems and Plays 1909-1950. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1952. 68-69.

Guirgis, Stephen Adly. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 2006.

Kazantzakis, Nikos. The Last Temptation of Christ. New York: Touchstone, 1998.

The Junius Manuscript. Trans. George P. Krapp. New York: Columbia UP, 1931.

Porter, Katherine Anne. “Flowering Judas.” The Collected Stories. New York: Mariner, 1979. 90-102.

Pratchett, Terry. Men at Arms. London: Gollancz, 1993.

Schueler, Donald G. “The Middle English Judas: An Interpretation.” PMLA 91.5 (1976): 840-5.

Wright, Thomas, ed. The Chester Plays: A Collection of Mysteries Founded Upon Scriptural Subjects. New York: Nabu, 2010.

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