This chapter looks at the portraits of Judas that emerge from the Gospel accounts, particularly of Jesus' passion. It examines his roles in the Jesus movies, with emphasis on films in which the relationship between Judas and Jesus is explored in some depth. As one of the few Gospel characters who undergoes emotional development — from devotion to betrayal to remorse to suicide — Judas holds great promise for filmmakers seeking to inject passion and drama into their Jesus biopics. Most pressing is the question of motivation: Why did Judas betray Jesus? Underlying this issue is an even more tantalizing question: What was the nature of Judas's personal relationship with Jesus?
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