🔼The name Judas in the Bible
The Greek name Judas is the transliterated form of the Hebrew name Judah, and there are six men named Judas in the New Testament. For some reason, one of these New Testament Judases is known in English as Jude. Perhaps people didn't want the brother of Jesus to have the same name as the man who betrayed Him.
In the New Testament we find the following Judases:
- The apostle also known as Thaddaeus (Luke 6:16, Matthew 10:3).
- The apostle Judas Iscariot (Luke 6:16).
- A brother of Jesus and James, and possibly the author of the Book of Jude (Matthew 13:55).
- A leader referred to by Gamaliel (Acts 5:37).
- A Jew of Damascus who aids Saul, later Paul (Acts 9:11).
- A prophet in Antioch (Acts 15:32).
The name Judas occurs 38 times in the New Testament; see full concordance.
🔼Etymology of the name Judas
The name Judas is the Hellenized version of the Hebrew name Judah, and the name Judah comes from the Hebrew root-verb ידה, meaning to praise:
For the meaning of the name Judah (=Judas), Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names proposes Praised. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Let Him (God) Be Praised.