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Original ResearchDOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i1.923Judas, the disciple who was known to the high priest:A deconstruction of the betrayal based on John 18:15Author:Patrick Chatelion Counet1,2Affiliations:1Department of ReligiousStudies, Universityof Amsterdam, TheNetherlands2Faculty of Theology,University of Pretoria,South AfricaNote:Prof. Dr Patrick ChatelionCounet is participatingas research associatein the research project‘Biblical Theology andHermeneutics’, directedby Prof. Dr Andries G. vanAarde, honorary professorin the Faculty of Theologyof the University ofPretoria, South Africa.Correspondence to:Patrick Chatelion Counetemail:[email protected]gmail.comPostal address:Javastraat 120, 6524 ML,Nijmegen, The NetherlandsDates:Received: 27 Sept.2010Accepted: 09 Oct. 2010Published: 07 June 2011How to cite this article:Chatelion Counet, P., 2011,‘Judas, the disciple whowas known to the highpriest: A deconstructionof the betrayal based onJohn 18:15’,HTS TeologieseStudies/Theological Studies67(1), Art. #923, 7 pages.DOI: 10.4102/hts.v67i1.923After his arrest, Jesus is taken to the high priest. According to John 18:15 he is accompaniedby ‘another disciple’. In this article, I discuss the possibility that this other disciple was Judas.He is the one who was known to the high priest. The arguments to put him in this positionare derived from a narrative analysis of the Gospel. What is the actantial role of Judas in theGospel? Tradition describes him as an opponent of Jesus. Against this, one can see him asa helper who supports Jesus’ intention to convince the high priest and the Sanhedrin of hisdivine mission. In the group of Jesus Judas carries the purse. The text of the Gospel uses acurious Greek word (almost ahapax legoumenon),glôssokomon,for ‘purse’. In the Septuagint,this word indicates the Ark of the Covenant. It is highly significant for the role of Judas.It shows that the text of the Gospel sometimes generates meanings that the author cannotcontrol.ὁ δὲ μαθητὴς ἐκεῖνος ἦν γνωστὸς τῷ ἀρχιερεῖ(Jh 18,15)IntroductionI am pleased to contribute an article to thisliber amicorum(I hope Andries van Aarde sees me asanamicus– due to the distance between South Africa and the Netherlands our meetings havebeen few and far between), in particular because this contribution will be on the dissolution ofbetrayal. It would perhaps be better not to equal deconstruction with dissolution, as it is, in fact,a process of rebuilding: nothing is destroyed, but by taking the building blocks apart, a newbuilding is created. We canlet John be Johnand still obtain a different view of Judas.1DeconstructionDeconstruction uses the component parts and elements of a text2, identifying new connectionsor relating them to similar texts, construing new meanings in the process. Deconstruction isclosereading, aimed at theintentio operisand the uncontrollable strength of words and meanings.

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