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Kerioth was a town in the south of Judea, today identified with the ruins of el-Kureitein, about 10 miles south of Hebron. The traitor Judas and his father Simon were both apparently from Kerioth, their surname "Iscariot" is from the Hebrew (pronounced) Ish Kerioth, meaning "a man of Kerioth."


Kerioth in Judea is mentioned specifically only once in the Bible, in the time of Joshua:

"This is the inheritance of the tribe of the people of Judah according to their families. The cities belonging to the tribe of the people of Judah in the extreme South, toward the boundary of Edom, were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, Hazorhadattah, Kerioth-hezron" (Joshua 15:20-25 RSV)

Statements made by Jesus Christ about Judas of Kerioth:

"Jesus answered them, "Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?" He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was to betray Him." (John 6:70-71 RSV)

"When Jesus had thus spoken, He was troubled in spirit, and testified, "Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me." The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom He spoke. One of His disciples, whom Jesus loved, was lying close to the breast of Jesus [i.e. The Apostle John]; so Simon Peter [i.e. Peter] beckoned to him and said, "Tell us who it is of whom He speaks." So lying thus, close to the breast of Jesus, he said to Him, "Lord, who is it?" Jesus answered, "It is he to whom I shall give this morsel when I have dipped it." So when He had dipped the morsel, He gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. Then after the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly." (John 13:21-27 RSV)

Fact Finder: (a) Did Judas Iscariot later repent of his betrayal of Jesus Christ? (b) Will his repentance be accepted, or would it be better for him (i.e. on the Judgment Day) if he had not even been born?
(a) Matthew 27:3-5 (b) Mark 14:21, Acts 1:16-21

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