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Judas Bar Abbas


Pronunciation:  DZHOO-duhs + bahr + AB-uhs

Occurrences:  2

First Reference:  Yeshua 29:8


And hearing this, they went forth to see for themselves, and there went unto Yeshua the leaders of all the Zealots which were in Israel whose names were: Eleazar Ben Menachem, Judas Bar Abbas, Ezra Ben Onias, and Gurion Ben Hadabbi.



See:  Caiaphas, Sicarii, Zealots


Azrael’s Commentary - Judas Bar Abbas


Chief of the Sicarii, an outlaw and a brigand, [Judas Bar Abbas was] one of the most dangerous men in Palestine, possessing a thoroughly ruthless nature. Cold hearted and treacherous, Judas Bar Abbas hated the rulers of the temple in Jerusalem, Caiaphas in particular. This consuming hatred was due in part to two things. One was the custom of Caiaphas to dress in Greek fashion to show his contempt of traditional Jewish custom. And secondly, Caiaphas’ collaboration with Roman authority was suppressing Jewish nationalism.


However, Judas Bar Abbas, along with other nationalistic leaders saw in Yeshua an opportunity to foment a popular uprising against the leaders of the temple and Rome itself. Clearly impressed with Yeshua’s miracles, Judas Bar Abbas argued that Yeshua should join the Zealot cause. When Yeshua refused, Judas Bar Abbas tried to coerce Yeshua through threats, stating that unless he publicly sided with the Zealots, Judas Bar Abbas would begin ordering the assassination of his entire family. On hearing this threat, Yeshua calmly refused, telling Judas Bar Abbas that all those who loved God were his family (Yeshua 13:40), and that if he should kill up to half of Israel, Yeshua would still not support the Zealots. Yeshua’s calm refusal garnered a grudging admiration from the chief of the Sicarii.


It should be pointed out that it was Judas Bar Abbas who asked Yeshua: “Lord, on what day shall the kingdom come, for we have waited these many years?” (Yeshua 29:26-28) However, this question was not asked in the same way that a supplicant or a believer would ask the question. The question was in response to Yeshua’s remark that the kingdom could not be established by blood or fury (Yeshua 29:26). To convey the intent of Judas Bar Abbas’ question, the chief of the Sicarii was saying: “We’ve waited long enough for God to establish the kingdom. So if we don’t do it ourselves, it will never come.”


Not long after the death of Yeshua, Judas Bar Abbas incited a riot that resulted in Joseph Caiaphas being dragged from the temple mount and beaten to death by an angry mob (Yeshua 37:33-34).






“Whosoever has ears to hear, let them hear. For I tell you truly that the kingdom of the Father can no man establish by blood and fury, but in peace and holiness is it come among you.”

And Judas Bar Abbas asked him, saying: “Lord, on what day shall the kingdom come, for we have waited these many years?”

And the Lord answered him, saying: “I tell you truly that the kingdom is come already among you and you will not see.

Yeshua 29:26-28


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