Who bought the field?


Syed Hussain Haider Tirmizi


In the name of Allah (SWT), the most Gracious, the most Merciful.


The Bible verses taken are from the King James Version.


Did Judas buy the field or did the chief priests and elders?


In the Gospel of Matthew we read:

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.

And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.

Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day. (Matthew 27:3-8)

So according to this passage Judas cast away the blood-money he was bribed with and hanged himself. Then the chief priests decided not to put it into treasury and bought the potter's field with the money.

However according to the Book of Acts:

Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.

Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. (Acts 1:16-18)

Thus, according to this passage Judas purchased the field with the blood-money and falling headlong, he burst and his intestines spilled out. There seems to be a contradiction:

Did Judas hang himself or did he fall headlong and burst apart?

However Christians respond saying that he must have fallen headlong after hanging himself and might have burst apart by falling on a sharp rock. We may as well let that one slip.

However there remains another contradiction:

In Matthew 27:7 we are told the priests bought the field but in Acts 1:18 we are told that Judas bought the field. Who really bought the field? Both cannot be true, since Judas was dead before the field was bought, in Matthew 27:5.

Yet another contradiction in the Bible, though all scripture is the inspiration of God, according to Paul (2 Timothy 3:16). Either God contradicts himself or Paul is wrong.

Christians are prescribed to prove all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21). So our Christian brethren must prove that there is no contradiction and somehow both Judas (who was dead according to Matthew) and the priests could have bought the field.

And verily Allah (SWT) knows best and we pray for the guidance of our Christian brethren and for them to open their minds.