Learn About Judas Iscariot – The Art of Belief

Inspired by the documentary, PISTEVO, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring iconography and the Saints of the Orthodox Church.  Iconography, the centuries-old tradition of depicting faith through images, was the primary means of teaching Christianity until written records were formally canonized as the Holy Scriptures.

Learn about the Judas Iscariot PISTEVO – The Art of Belief

Judas Iscariot “a selected Apostle, one of the Twelve, he betrayed Christ to the Jewish Sanhedrin – the supreme council and highest court of justice in Jerusalem – and kissed the Lord at the time of the arrest. He later committed suicide”, notes Rev. George Mastrantonis.


Source: A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons

An excellent article, ‘How to Recognize the Holy Apostles in Icons’ explains:

“Whilst Judas is obviously not a saint, and isn’t shown in icons of “the Twelve”, he is nevertheless depicted in icons of the Last Supper or else kissing Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. In icons of the Last Supper he is easily recognizable as the one dipping his hand into the dish, thus revealing his future betrayal of the Lord. Often, the Apostles are not shown with halos in scenes prior to Pentecost, but needless to say when they are shown with halos, Judas is conspicuous by not having one.

Whatever it may be worth – and it may be worth nothing – in Orthodox Iconography Judas is almost always shown beardless, like John, Philip, and Thomas; thus, like them, he was perhaps still a teenager at the time he betrayed his Saviour”

(Source:  A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons)

Rev. Mastrantonis further helps us understand Judas Iscariot by noting:

“The title “Iscariot“, meaning in the Hebrew “man of Kerioth“, a place in South Palestine, implies that Judas was from Judea. He was the only one from there, whereas the other Apostles were from Galilee. After his suicide the Apostles elected Matthias to replace him as one of the Twelve Apostles.”

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At the Orthodox Christian Network, we remain inspired by PISTEVO, meaning “I Believe”, a stunning 17-minute film packed with vivid imagery depicting the life of Jesus Christ and His saints. The independent documentary depicts a community coming together to complete the centuries-old mission of iconography led by Father Elias Villis at the Greek Orthodox Church of our Saviour in Rye, NY.


Iconography, the centuries-old tradition of depicting faith through images, was the primary means of teaching Christianity until written records were formally canonized as the Holy Scriptures. Yet even today, centuries later, iconography remains a spiritually powerful part of Orthodox Christian theology.  For many, the images enhance one’s ability to go deeper into the exploration and appreciation of their faith.


“PISTEVO was created to inspire the faithful. This extraordinary story needed to be told. We witnessed the transformation of our community through the Ministry of Iconography, and stand as witnesses to the power of faith. We encourage everyone who is blessed to receive this film, to please share it with as many of the faithful throughout the Orthodox World as possible. God Bless You.” – Michael Psaros

We invite you to watch the epic film, PISTEVO, directed by  Director, Mark Brodie, and written and produced by Taryn Grimes Herbert that expresses “why we honor the traditions of our theology and share our spiritual experience with the Orthodox world”.

Click here to visit The Art of Belief and watch the full length film – PISTEVO

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