November 18, 2001 / Volume 1, Issue 37
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
How did Judas die? Did he hang himself (Matthew 27:5) or did he fall, his midsection bursting open (Acts 1:18)?
Is there a contradiction?
The questioner assumes that there is a contradiction because Matthew and Luke record different facts about Judas' death. He hanged himself (as Matthew reveals), but it seems that either the limb upon which he hung, or the rope with which he hung himself broke, causing Judas to fall forward, resulting in a deep laceration in his stomach, so deep that his intestines gushed out.
Whether this indeed is exactly what happened, I am unsure. However, it is a possible and probable explanation.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible