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Judas (Greek: Ιούδας) is the anglicized Greek rendering of the Hebrew name Yehudah (Hebrew: יְהוּדָה), also rendered in English as Judah. It may refer to:


  • Judah , a son of the patriarch Jacob and, according to the Bible, ancestor of the Davidic royal line of ancient Israel.
All subsequent holders of the name are directly or indirectly named for the Biblical one. While there are a few others of this name mentioned in later parts of the Hebrew Bible, by Hellenitic times Judah (Heb. Yehudah) had become a common first name among Jews (whose collective name - "Yehudim" יהודים in Hebrew - is also derived from the same source) and, in the English form Judah, has remained so up to the present. Specifically, it was a common first name in the First Century A.D. Jewish society inside which Christianity came into being.
  • A name in the New Testament referring to one or more significant individuals, some of whom may be the same:
  • the Gospel of Judas, a recently discovered ancient Gnostic Gospel
  • Judas Maccabeus, a founder of the Hasmonean dynasty
  • Judas of Galilee, also Judas of Gamala, Jewish revolt leader
  • Judas Cyriacus, man said to have assisted Helena of Constantinople find the True Cross


TV and film


  • A traitor, after Judas Iscariot.
  • Judas, a peephole in a doorway, usually with a movable cover.
  • Judas, a character in the TurboGrafx-16 game Dungeon Explorer.
  • Judas goat, a goat trained to lead livestock to a slaughterhouse.
  • Judas a manga by Suu Minazuki
  • A character in Tales of Destiny 2, who betrayed the team in the previous game
  • The true name of 'Lucius Villia Annalius', the antagonist in the Bootstrap Comics title Dr. Aeturnalis: Protector of Man
  • Judas Mesias, a ringname of professional wrestler Ricky Benderas (born Gilbert Cosme), used while competing in Total Nonstop Action wrestling.
  • Judah P. Benjamin - American Jewish politician, holder of Cabinet posts in the Confederate States of America

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