The Apostolic Fathers are a fun Read.

I love this section from The Fragments of Papias. Enjoy.

Judas was a terrible, walking example of ungodliness in this world, his flesh
so bloated that he was not able to pass through a place where a wagon passes
easily, not even his bloated head by itself. For his eyelids, they say, were so
swollen that he could not see the light at all, and his eyes could not be seen,
even by a doctor using an optical instrument, so far had they sunk below the
outer surface. His genitals appeared more loathsome and larger than anyone
else’s, and when he relieved himself there passed through it pus and worms from
every part of his body, much to his shame. After much agony and punishment,
they say, he finally died in his own place, and because of the stench the area
is deserted and uninhabitable even now; in fact, to this day no one can pass
that place unless they hold their nose, so great was the discharge from his
body and so far did it spread over the ground (18.1).

Michael W. Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers : Greek Texts and English Translations (Updated ed.; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books, 1999) 583.

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  1. Pingback: Poor Judas « Epistles of Thomas

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