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In what sense did Judas betray Jesus? Is it only in the sense of giving Him away to the soldiers or also in the sense of breaking some important promise given to Him or something like that? I don't recollect any such episode in the Gospels when Judas would promise to be faithful to Jesus (unlike, for example, Peter).

How has this point been presented in Christianity?

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I think Judas betrayed Jesus by telling the political and religious authorities about his location. –  Anonymous Aug 2 '13 at 0:28
    
@Anonymous - So, it's a "give away" sense, not the sense of breaking some given promise or some implied behavior code, right? –  brilliant Aug 2 '13 at 1:07
    
I think it was in the "Who was Jesus?" documentary, in which it talked about Jesus. IIRC, John the Baptist was persecuted because he was considered a threat by the Romans, and the Romans wanted to do anything to maintain political power. Jesus had to keep quiet, or be persecuted himself. So, it would be logical that a betrayal would be reporting him to the authorities as a threat to undermine their power. –  Anonymous Aug 2 '13 at 1:44
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Also asked on BH SE. –  Wikis Aug 2 '13 at 2:13
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This is far too legalistic to be a sensible question. If I am your friend, even more if I am your follower, I don't have to make an explicit promise not to bring a hostile mob to you and have them arrest and kill you. That's the 'implied behaviour' you mention. Is there something else you are trying to ask? –  DJClayworth Aug 2 '13 at 13:31
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Judas Iscariot was one of Jesus closest followers, a member of his innermost circle of twelve disciples who he trusted with his secrets and who shared in his ministry. He wasn't just a random guy who showed the soldiers where to go. He was actually Jesus' treasurer. This is emphasised in the kiss given by Judas during the betrayal - it was a sign of deep affection and friendship, which he used as a signal to get him arrested.

The 'implied behviour code' that you mention would certainly be in play here.

EDIT:If what you are really asking is whether Jesus knew Judas would betray him from the start, then I recommend asking that explicitly. Then we don't get bogged down in the definition of 'betray'.

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(1) Has Judas really been His friend or follower? I mean, it might have looked like that outwardly, but in his essence he was Satan (John 6:70), the son of perdition predestined for his role (John 13:18,27,17:20). Jesus, of course, knew that from the very beginning. So, if things were this way with Judas since the very beginning then what other sense besides "giving away" can be attached to the word "betrayed" here? He just fulfilled his mission. I mean, Snowden can be –  brilliant Aug 2 '13 at 14:08
    
(2) considered a traitor of the USA who has betrayed his own country as long as he is an American citizen and not the Russian spy that was born in Russia and later was able to get into the high-secrecy circles of the USA. Do you see my point? –  brilliant Aug 2 '13 at 14:08
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You are chopping logic here. Even a Russian-born spy who infiltrates the US and sends secrets back to Russia has still betrayed the US. Implicitly or (more likely) explicitly they have violated the behaviour expected of them. –  DJClayworth Aug 2 '13 at 14:14
    
Perhaps, it's my poor knowledge of English. I've always thought that to betray meant to commit an act of treachery that is to belong to one side originally, being obliged and even indebted to that side, but then to change one's mind and to go to another side, that is, to the rivalry side. –  brilliant Aug 2 '13 at 14:22
    
No, even if you were only pretending from the start to be on someone's side, you have still betrayed them. –  DJClayworth Aug 2 '13 at 14:26
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