Judas (ballad)

English ballad

"Judas", Child ballad 23, dates to at least the 13th century and is one of the oldest surviving English ballads. It is numbered as 23 in Francis Child's collection.



Christ gives Judas 30 pieces of silver to buy food for the Apostles; on his way to the market, Judas is waylaid by his sister, who lulls him to sleep and steals the money. Unwilling to confess his loss, Judas sells Christ to the Romans for the same amount.

See also


  1. ^ a b Child, Francis James, ed. (1890). Judas. English and Scottish Popular Ballads. I Part 1. Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company. pp.:242–244. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  2. ^ a b Waltz, Robert B.; Engle, David G. (2012). "Judas". Folklore The Traditional Ballad Index: An Annotated Bibliography of the Folk Songs of the English-Speaking World. California State University, Fresno. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  3. ^ Bertrand Harris Bronson -The Ballad as Song 1969 Page 97 "First, then, for the materials, taking the Child ballads as our convenient base. ... Whereas the earliest text among Child's ballads, the "Judas," goes back to the mid-thirteenth century, no tune specifically attached in the record by title or ...

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