Still, scholars also suspect that if Judas as the great traitor hadn’t existed, Christians would probably have invented someone like him to legitimate the messy process of their religious separation from Judaism. The likeliest candidate for an alternative Jewish bad guy, they say, would be Caiaphas, the high priest who handed Jesus over to Pontius Pilate and the Romans.
Hrm. The first part of this quote may be more probable that those unnamed scholars think, but not for the stated reason. As mentioned before, I’ve come to think Mark’s Judas is an attack on the disciples more than on the Jews. As for the high priest, the gospels can’t even agree on what his name was.