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Judas did not die by hanging, but he survived after being taken down, before he had choked to death. The Acts of the Apostles signifies this as well: 'Falling headfirst he burst forth in the middle, and his intestines became exposed/poured out.'
But Judas went about in this world as a great model of impiety. He became so bloated in the flesh that he could not pass through a place that was easily wide enough for a wagon--not even his swollen head could fit. They say that his eyelids swelled to such an extent that he could not see the light at all; and a doctor could not see his eyes even with an optical device, so deeply sunken they were in the surrounding flesh. And his genitals became more disgusting and larger than anyone's; simply by relieving himself, to his wanton shame, he emitted pus and worms that flowed through his entire body. And they say that after he suffered numerous torments and punishments, eh died on his own land, and that land has been, until now, desolate and uninhabited because of the stench. Indeed, even to this day no one can pass by the place without holding his nose. This was how great an outpouring he made from his flesh on the ground.
Asbury Theological Seminary student Michael Halcomb, who is working on his Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies, has recently published Entering the Fray: A Primer on New Testament Issues for the Church and Academy, with Wipf and Stock.
In Entering the Fray, Halcomb contends that in modern times, because the relationship between the church and academy has been strained and tension-filled, mainstream church culture has often been skeptical of Bible scholars, depicting them as self-serving intellectuals trying to out-think God by devising new and controversial interpretations.
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Pisteuomen - πιστευομεν - T. Michael W. Halcomb