Man of Keriot

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And Yehuda said unto his brethren, “What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh.” And his brethren were content.

Then there passed by Midianite merchantmen, and they drew and lifted up Yosef out of the pit, and sold Yosef to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver, and they brought Yosef into Egypt.

GENESIS 37:26-28 (King James Version, slightly amended)


Now while Yeshua was in Beit Aniyah in the house of Shimon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster flask of precious myrrh and poured it on his head, anointing him, while he was reclining at the dinner table. When his students saw this, they were indignant and said, “Why this waste? This ointment could have been sold for a great price and given to the poor.”

Yeshua heard them and said,

Why are you troubling this woman
who has done a good thing for me?
The poor you always have with you,
but me you will not always have.
When she poured myrrh on my body,
she prepared me for burial.
Amen, I say to you, where in all the world
the good news is proclaimed,
what she has done will be told
in memory of this woman.

Then one of the twelve, who was called Yehuda of Keriot, went to the high priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?”

And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver for him.

And from that moment, Yehuda looked for a chance to betray him.

GOSPEL OF MATTAI 26:6-16 (Willis Barnstone, tr., The New Covenant, Riverhead Books, 2002)
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