Thursday 26 March 2015
Journalist Peter Stanford provides a portrait of one of the most famous traitors in history, Judas Iscariot, and asks whether he was the ultimate traitor or the ultimate scapegoat. Stanford investigates 2,000 years of cultural and Christian history to explain how Judas came to be associated with betrayal and human evil. However, he also investigates the counter argument that Judas might have been the victim of an injustice. The death and resurrection of Jesus was central to the story so someone had to betray him, and that role fell to Judas.
Stanford is a senior feature writer at the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and a contributor to other national newspapers and the Catholic weekly, The Tablet. He is also author of The Legend of Pope Joan and Teach Yourself Catholicism.