Analysis of Judas: A Collection of Archer Taylor's Articles on Judas Iscariot

Analysis of Judas: A Collection of Archer Taylor's Articles on Judas Iscariot

by Archer Taylor

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Overview

“O Du Armer Judas”

“The date of the origin of this song is very uncertain. There seems to be no record of the melody much before 1400; and the earliest documentary evidence of its satirical employment is nearly a hundred years later.”

Judas Iscariot in Charms and Incantations

“The name of Judas in charms is, I believe, always employed in connexion with some event in the life of Christ. . . . _ e most popular allusion is, as might perhaps have been expected, to the betrayal of the Savior or to the false kiss of the traitor.”

The Judas Curse

“This oath has, however, a very much wider distribution than is there indicated. It consists, in its briefest form, of the wish that the wrong-doer should share the lot of Judas (‘habeat portionem cum Iuda’); but, according to the mood of the user, this form may be much expanded by allusion to the great sinners of the Bible from Cain to Ananias and Sapphira.”

The Gallows of Judas Iscariot

“St. Matthew, with a reminiscence perhaps of Ahitophel’s death, says that Judas committed suicide by hanging himself. But in failing to record what sort of tree the traitor chose he left a lacuna for later tradition to fill. This uncertainty might, indeed, be settled if there were any agreement among those travellers who have in later times been fortunate enough to see the tree itself.”

The Burning of Judas

“In many countries the fi res which are lit at the coming of Spring are associated with Easter and with Judas. Sir J.G. Frazer and others have made it clear that these fi res are not of Christian origin, but are the remnants of pagan rites, now veiled under a Christian covering. Their original significance is still a disputed question.”

Archer Taylor

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888215748
Publisher: Fathom Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/25/2018
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Archer Taylor (August 1, 1890-September 30, 1973). Taylor earned his PhD at Harvard. He taught at Washington University in St. Louis 1915-25, University of Chicago 1925-39 and University of California, Berkeley 1939-58. Taylor published The Proverb (1931), its Index (1934) and Bibliography of Riddles (1939). Archer Taylor and Bartlett Jere Whiting published A Dictionary of American Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases, 1820-1880 (1958). He wrote A History of Bibliographies of Bibliographies (1955) and General Subject-Indexes Since 1548 (1966). His library is at University of Georgia, except his ballad collection at University of California, Berkeley. More information at www.archertaylor.com.

Table of Contents

“O Du Armer Judas”

Judas Iscariot in Charms and Incantations

The Judas Curse

The Gallows of Judas Iscariot

The Burning of Judas

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