Bible Question:

Does the place where Judas hung himself (Hakeldama) still exist and is it inhabited today?

Bible Answer:

The Acts of the Apostles tell us that Judas Iscariot died in the field called Hakeldama. Here is the passage.

(Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out. And it became known to all who were living in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Hakeldama, that is, the Field of Blood.) (NAS95S) Acts 1:18-19

The gospel of Matthew states that Judas had hung himself in this field. In the process, the rope must have broken and then his abdomen burst open on the rocks. Since he died there, the field was named Hakeldama or the Field of Blood (Matthew 27:1-9).

The place where he died obviously still exists, but we cannot be sure of the exact location. A Roman Catholic Church has placed a monastery at a place they believe is the Field of Blood. Here is a photograph of the location.



Please note that we cannot be sure this is the exact place where Judas murdered himself. Therefore, we do not know if anyone is living in the Field of Blood.

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