Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I betray him to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him .
The phrase “ 30 pieces of silver ” is a proverb in many modern languages. It refers to someone who has sold out and taken money, high office or personal gain in exchange for betraying a person or an important cause.
The denomination of the silver coins was called shekels. Coins containing that amount of silver (about the size of an American silver dollar) would be worth about $10 today. Thus the 20 pieces would be worth about $200 today, as bullion silver .
According to all four canonical gospels, Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane by kissing him and addressing him as “rabbi” to reveal his identity to the crowd who had come to arrest him. His name is often used synonymously with betrayal or treason.
If , as you say, Judas Iscariot had not betrayed Jesus , Jesus would have been arrested, and crucified and as for Judas he would have been crucified with Jesus . Judas would not have betrayed Jesus , but still, he would be killed.
Rehabilitating Judas As told in the New Testament Gospels, Judas betrayed Jesus for “30 pieces of silver,” identifying him with a kiss in front of Roman soldiers. Later the guilt-ridden Judas returns the bribe and commits suicide, according to the Bible.
At spot valuation of $17.06/oz (the closing price on Monday, December 12, 2016), 30 ” pieces of silver ” would be worth between $185 and $216 in present-day value (USD).
Other parts of the New Testament (such as Matthew 20) use the ‘ silver piece’ as the typical (pre-tax!) wage for a day’s labour. So 30 pieces are about 5 weeks money (based on a 6 day working week.) In terms of purchasing power, each silver piece was probably worth about $20.
The coins were most likely thirty shekels of silver , each of which weighed approximately half a troy ounce (fifteen grams). To put this into perspective, the current price for fifteen grams of silver is around R110. The total value today of thirty shekels would be no more than R3300.
There are 31.1035 grams per troy ounce. At spot valuation of $17.06 /oz (the closing price on Monday, December 12, 2016), 30 “pieces of silver” would be worth between $185 and $216 in present-day value (USD).
The word shekel means simply “weight.” In New Testament times , a shekel was a silver coin weighing, well, one shekel (about . 4 ounces or 11 grams). Three thousand shekels equaled one talent, the heaviest and largest unit of measurement for weight and value in Scripture.
These symbols are key to Christians because of their reference to the cross of Christ where our sins were forgiven through His sacrifice. “ Jesus answered, “He it is, to whom I shall give a sop , when I have dipped it.” And when he had dipped the sop , he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.”
jESUS KNEW WHEN HE PICKED HIM AS A DESIPLE THAT HE WOULD BETRAY HIM,IT WAS PREDICTED IN THE SCRIPTURES. JUDAS DID NOT REPENT AND WOULD NOT SO THERE WAS NO REASON TO PRAY . PETER DENYED JESUS THREE TIMES BUT HE REPENTED AND Jesus knew this so he prayed for him. Judas was led away by greed and his own lust.
“ Jesus Knew , but Judas ate too . He knows it is Judas who will turn against him. He knows that He has been sold out for a handful of silver. Stabbed in the back by one He has poured His life into . Yet, in that room, hours before the death of Jesus , Judas ate too .
Conclusion. Understanding the Gospels in theological, historical, and factual harmony, and considering explicit chronological statements about the events of the Last Supper lead us to the strong conclusion that Judas did not partake of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper .