November 28, 2006

The Leadership Style of Gregory House, M.D.

Originally uploaded by chronicrebellion.
Tonight's episode of House ended with one of House's colleagues deciding he had heard enough, seen enough, and been victim enough to make an attempt to get Dr. House some help. The concluding line of the episode was, "I'm going to need 30 pieces of silver." An interesting phrase, one that tells us a great deal about the doctor who was about to betray House. This is a reference to the Bible and I found additional information from Wikipedia to share and clarify:

Judas is mentioned in the synoptic gospels, the Gospel of John and at the beginning of Acts of the Apostles.

Mark also states that the chief priests were looking for a "sly" way to arrest Jesus. They determine not to do so during the feast because they were afraid that the people would riot. It is after the feast that they do end up arresting him.

According to the account given in the gospels, he carried the disciples' money box and betrayed Jesus for a bribe of "thirty pieces of silver" by identifying him with a kiss—the "kiss of Judas"— to arresting soldiers of the High Priest Caiphas, who then turned Jesus over to Pontius Pilate's soldiers. These "pieces of silver" were most likely intended to be understood as silver Tyrian shekels. Judas' desire to betray Jesus was put into his heart by the devil.

There are two different Canonical references to the remainder of Judas' life:

The Gospel of Matthew says that, after Jesus' arrest by the Roman authorities (but before his execution), the guilt-ridden Judas returned the bribe to the priests and committed suicide by hanging himself. The priests could not return the money to the treasury so they used it to buy a plot of ground in order to bury strangers. [2]

The Acts of the Apostles (1:18) says that Judas used the bribe (or Judas' returned bribe was used) to buy a field, but fell down, and burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. This field is called Akeldama or Field Of Blood. Acts 1 goes on to describe how his place among the apostles was subsequently filled by Matthias (information available at

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