collegestudent22 wrote:Judas death isn't really an issue either. It is entirely plausible that he hung himself and his guts spilled out when he was cut loose (or the rope snapped). Especially given the impression that the "guts spilling out" gory death was a supernatural phenomenon. Given the Jewish customs regarding dead bodies on the Sabbath, it would be impossible to say which part actually killed Judas. (His death occurred on the night before the Sabbath, so his body laid out for an entire day before burial. This scientifically supports the conclusion, as a decaying body will swell with internal gases and could then "explode" and "spill out guts" - this happens frequently with beached whales, for instance, as well as humans where no embalming is undertaken after death.)
Matthew does not deny that Judas fell and had his entrails gush out, and Luke does not deny that Judas hanged himself. In short, Matthew records the method in which Judas attempted his death. Luke reports the end result in Acts.
As for whether he bought the field or the Pharisees did after he returned the blood money, under Jewish law, Judas still was the "owner" of the blood money until someone accepted it (the Pharisees did not, and Judas threw the money on the floor of the temple in anger, according to the Scripture). Thus, he paid for the field, even if the Pharisees did the actual transaction, so the verse in Acts could merely be a summary of the more accurate and detail oriented verses in Matthew, with added emphasis on the gory details to make a slightly different point.
It never fails to amaze me the amount of handwaving one is willing to do to take clearly contradictoray statements and make them somehow seem to kind of fit, while ignoring the much more plausible explanation that the book contains internal contradictions. Do you have a hand-wave for the number of animals in Noah's ark, or the order of creation in Genesis? How many hoops do you need to jump through before you get tired of jumping through hoops?
(and you are jumping through hoops. Nobody would read Matthew's account of Judah's guts spilling out and assume he hanged himself first. nobody would read the two stories about the blood money the way you want to read them unless they were trying to fix internal inconsistancies).