Luke 6:16

16 Judas, son of James, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Luke 6:16 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 6:16

And Judas the brother of James
Of that James, that was the son of Alphaeus; though the Syriac and Arabic versions call him "the son of James", very wrongly: this Judas was also called Thaddaeus and Lebbaeus, and is the writer of the epistle that bears his name:

and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor;
both his surname and his character are mentioned, to distinguish him from the other Judas: it is easy to observe, that these twelve are mentioned by pairs, or couples, and so they were sent out, two by two; see ( Mark 6:7 ) as were also the seventy disciples afterwards; see ( Luke 10:1 ) There seems to be an allusion to the pairs and couples of the Jewish fathers and doctors, who in their succession are thus paired: Jose ben Joezer, and Joseph ben Jochauan; Joshua ben Perachia, and Nathan the Arbelite; Simeon ben Shetach, and Judah ben Tabai; Shemain and Abtalion; the two sons of Bethira, whose names were Judah and Joshua; Hillell and Shammai {s}: all before Christ's time.


F19 Pirke Abot, c. 1.

Luke 6:16 In-Context

14 Simon, whom he named Peter, Andrew, his brother, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
15 Matthew, Thomas, James, son of Alphaeus, Simon, called the Zealot,
16 Judas, son of James, Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
17 Coming down off the mountain with them, he stood on a plain surrounded by disciples, and was soon joined by a huge congregation from all over Judea and Jerusalem, even from the seaside towns of Tyre and Sidon.
18 They had come both to hear him and to be cured of their ailments. Those disturbed by evil spirits were healed.
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