by MJSmith

            In my past posts I have defined the name Iscariot as meaning “dagger”.  However, there are differing opinions on what the name really means.  So I thought that I would give you all the information that I have combined (as of February 12, 2017) so that you can make your own informative decision about the name’s meaning.  Also, in one of my posts, I wrote that I felt as if Iscariot was a nickname being that his father’s name is Simon.  Thus, Judas should have normally been called Judas bar Simon.  Another author who has written about the definition of Iscariot corroborates the idea of it being a nickname.  Perhaps it was even a descriptive name given to him?  [All of my interpolations will be in these type of brackets.]

            The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary says “Iscariot = man of Kerioth [of Moab, “seed of the father; water of the water; flowing from the father…” which was Lot’s grandson and son by his oldest daughter]; man of the cities; man of hostile encounters; man of conveniences.”  The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary also says that Kerioth means “meetings; conjunctions; cities; hamlets; buildings; communities; congregations.”  Its metaphysical meaning reads:  “groups of thoughts (cities, hamlets) and corresponding thought forms (buildings) belonging to the active in the Moab or carnal consciousness in the individual.”  I think, under this meaning, that Kerioth would be the counterfeit to the city foursquare, city of our God, New Jerusalem, or the Holy City.  It would represent material organized church being directed by personal sensed ecclesiastical despotism.
            Alice Orgain goes along with this definition of Iscariot in her book AS IT IS.  On page 737 she says:  “Because he [Jesus] had the idea of whole structure in his Twelve Tribes and had but to meet Judas (his own tribe Judah—Judas meaning Judah and Iscariot meant ‘the man from Kerioth,’ in [a town of] Judah).  So, after all, he had but to meet his own claim of human origin [material organization; personal sense] which pierced his side; as we will have to do until our light comes directly from heaven, as in the city foursquare, coming from God out of heaven, for which Mrs. Eddy put her demands upon us in the last two provisions of ‘Christian Science Practice,’ S&H 442:25-29, 30-32, and the Manual, Article XXIII, Sections 1, 6.  The instructions in the Manual preceded the instructions quoted in SCIENCE AND HEALTH by a year; proving that it must be done in Church [Manual] first.  ‘Completion’ is the key-note of ‘Life,’ and our Church has unfolded the pattern.”
            While thinking upon the subject of Kerioth, with it being rooted to Ruth (a Moabite) the ancestor of King David (Jesus being called “the Son of David”), it makes sense that Jesus would have to overcome this false type of carnal motherhood being the reason for his existence (life).  He had to give up this false type of mothering creation (mortal minded conception and gestation of material organization).  It is the same today, the members of The First Church of Christ Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts, must give up their relentless hold on their Mother Church material organization before they can progress spiritually.
            Before moving on to the next definition of Iscariot, let me first give you the quotes from the Church Manual and SCIENCE AND HEALTH that Alice Orgain mentions above.  The first quote, from the Manual, is from pages 70 and 72-73, under the title:  THE MOTHER CHURCH AND BRANCH CHURCHES.
            “Local Self-government.  Section 1.  The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, shall assume no general official control of other churches, and it shall be controlled by none other.
            “Each Church of Christ, Scientist, shall have its own form of government.  No conference of churches shall be held, unless it be when our churches, located in the same State, convene to confer on a statute of said State, or to confer harmoniously on individual unity and action of the churches in said State.”
            Organizing Churches.  Sect. 6.  A member of this Church who obeys its By-Laws and is a loyal exemplary Christian Scientist working in the Field, is eligible to form a church in conformity with Sect. 7 of this Article, and to have church services conducted by reading the Scriptures and the Christian Science textbook.  This church shall be acknowledged publicly as a Church of Christ, Scientist.  Upon proper application, made in accordance with the rules of The Christian Science Publishing Society, the services of such a church may be advertised in The Christian Science Journal.  The branch churches shall be individual, and not more than two small churches shall consolidate under one church government.  If the Pastor Emeritus, Mrs. Eddy, should relinquish her place as the head or Leader of The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist [which to my knowledge she never did], each branch church shall continue its present form of government in consonance with The Mother Church Manual.
            Requirements for Organizing Branch Churches.  Sect. 7.  A branch church of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Mass., shall not be organized with less than sixteen loyal Christian Scientist, four of whom are members of The Mother Church.  This membership shall include at least one active practitioner whose card is published in The Christian Science Journal.”
            And now I quote the last two paragraphs from SCIENCE AND HEALTH – page 442:16-32.
Christ the great physician
            “Neither animal magnetism nor hypnotism enters into the practice of Christian Science, in which truth cannot be reversed, but the reverse of error is true.  An improved belief cannot retrograde.  When Christ changes a belief of sin or of sickness into a better belief, then belief melts into spiritual understanding, and sin, disease, and death disappear.  Christ, Truth, gives mortals temporary food and clothing until the material, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and man is clothed and fed spiritually.  St. Paul says, ‘Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling:’  Jesus said, ‘Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.’  This truth is Christian Science.
            “Christian Scientists, be a law to yourselves that mental malpractice cannot harm you either when asleep or when awake.”
            On page 521 of Young’s Analytical Concordance of the Bible Iscariot is defined as:  “man of Kerioth.  This name has received various interpretations, e.g., it has been “the son of Simon” derived from Kerioth (Josh 15:25) in the tribe of Judah; from Kartha, in Galilee (Kartan, Josh 21:32); from kapwides [I am not sure that this is the correct spelling, as the font used in the book was not regular italics but looked more like a different language font.], date [the fruit] groves near Jerusalem and Jericho; from Scortea, a ‘leathern apron’ applied to him as the bearer of the bag, i.e., ‘Judas with the apron,’ and from the Hebrew, Ascaron, strangling (angina) given him after his death.”
            Judas was the one who held the moneybag for purchase of specific items needed.  This “apron or bag” would have been where he kept the thirty pieces of silver that he had been given for his betrayal to Jesus.  This definition makes since in that regard.  And the name Ascaron even makes sense in regards to Judas, because he hung himself.
            And finally, I will quote from BLOODLINE OF THE HOLY GRAIL The Hidden Lineage of Jesus Revealed, by Laurence Gardner, page 51.[1]
           “Judas Sicarius – the Assassin, the Hit-man (a sica was a deadly, curved dagger[2]).  The Greek form of the nickname was Sikariotes…and its corruption to Sicariote was in due course further corrupted to ‘Iscariot’.[3]
            “Although always placed at the end of the Apostolic list, Judas Sicariote would have been second in seniority only to Simon Zelotes.”
            I have preferred the definition of “curved dagger” because of the vision dream I had many years ago, that I titled GRANDMOTHER’S HIGH CHAIR.  In it I was to protect a girl that I have always believed her to be a symbol of Mary Baker Eddy.  I was to protect her from a boy who was sitting in my Grandmother’s light blue (the color I use for Spirit in the tone of Christianity), wooden highchair.  My grandmother was a Christian Scientist and her first name was Rosemary.  The boy was in my seat (my place or position), as I had sat in this highchair many times in my youth.  This highchair was also foursquare, just as the chair in the Illustration below, from Christ and Christmas, is foursquare.   At the time of the vision dream I believed that the girl in the Illustration below was Mary Baker Eddy, but I now believe that the girl is a symbolic representation of her true successor (the spiritual ideal).

First Edition

First Edition

            To my right was a Roman Catholic priest in a brown robe.  He tried to hypnotize me into harming the girl (she had brown hair with curls, like Mary Baker Eddy use to have, and she wore an old fashioned white dress.  She was quite similar to the girl seen above), and when the priest used his power I saw him turn into the devil – with horns and a red face.  When he could not hypnotize me his face went back to being human and he turned his attention to the boy in the highchair.  On the chair’s food tray were books (to be mentally digested) and in his hand he held an oval wooden reed.  I feel that this reed represented the Church Manual, or a reed like unto a rod.  Next the devil used animal magnetism on the boy and the reed turned into a dagger.  The dagger’s handle was the head of a wolf (standing for hypocrisy in the Church – spiritual wickedness in high places), carved in ivory.  I had this dream way before I ever read BLOODLINE OF THE HOLY GRAIL, so when I read the definition of Iscariot it really caught my attention, and I thought about the wolf dagger from my vision dream.
            After the boy became hypnotized his intent was to hurt the girl.  I knew this because it is exactly what the devil was trying to get me to do.  He repeatedly said, “Thank you, father,” to the devil for turning the reed (Manual) into a dagger to use against Mary Baker Eddy (the Revelator of Christian Science) and her revelation (Christian Science).  After the boy jumped down from the highchair, he was eager to do harm to the girl, but I stood between him and the girl.  I tried to tell him he did not want to do it.  But he was under the devil’s spell.  I was determined to protect the girl.  That was the end of the vision dream.
            One of the biggest violations of the Church Manual today, and since December 3, 1910, is the fact that the board of directors of The First Church of Christ Scientist; has taken control over the Branch churches.  Yet, these Branch churches are to be independently governed!  Who has betrayed Mary Baker Eddy?  Who has been her Judas Iscariot?  It is the board of directors in Boston.  The board’s manipulation of the Manual is an attempt to take over Mary Baker Eddy’s High Seat as Leader (our Revered Leader – Reverend Mary Baker Eddy).  They have used the Church Manual as a dagger against Mary Baker Eddy and God Herself (for the By-Laws are God’s By-Laws), and have manifested the worst hypocrisy so far ever found in any Christian Church!  They sit in Mary Baker Eddy’s High Seat, just as the priests of yore sat in Moses’ High Seat.  They pretend to be Mary Baker Eddy’s legal successors, but they are not.
            Alice Orgain brings this out quite well in her book AS IT IS in her chapters about the Church Manual.  Of course, the Boston board of directors outlawed her book; they did not want the Field (people of the Branch Churches) to read the Truth spoken in the book because they were not about to loose their high chair place of position within the Church.  Remember, “Neither animal magnetism nor hypnotism [the devil working as a channel of personal sensed ecclesiastical despotism] enters into the practice of Christian Science [the independent Branch – the true manchild], in which truth cannot be reversed, but the reverse of error is true.”

[1] Although I find this book interesting, I do not accept everything written in the book.

[2] It might be rooted to the sickle used in farm work and what the grim reaper is known to use.

[3] “The Syrian Semitic verb skeriot was an equivalent of the contemporary Hebrew Sikkariti ‘to deliver up’.  It has been suggested that Judas Iscariot was therefore ‘Judas the Deliverer’, referring to his betrayal of Jesus. (See Ahmed Osman, The House of the Messiah, ch. 15, p. 81.)”  Footnote located on page 360 of BLOODLINE OF THE HOLY GRAIL.