Zuco has an interesting post about whether Judas Iscariot was really a traitor. Apparently an ancient gospel, missing for 1,700 years, has showed up casting a new light on the old story.
I remember reading Nikos Kazantzakis's novel "The Last Temptation" years ago, during my junior college days. (Yeah, Mr Wang was very much into illegal merchandise in those days). Nikos also had the same theory that Judas's "betrayal" was all part of the game plan.
In other words, Judas didn't do what he did for 30 pieces of silver. He did what he did, so that Jesus could be arrested and crucified and all of mankind could be saved.
What did you really think - that Judas was THAT stupid? 30 lousy pieces of silver, or everlasting life in paradise? The choice would be clear, even to a little kid.