> My question is this. In the story, the character who
> presents the versions of Judas is Nils Runeberg, a turn of
> the century scholar. What kind of person is Nils Runeberg?
> That name is most intriguing... parse it out: nil, rune,
> How does the speaker want us to think about Runeberg, that
> part of the gospel, and the truth that Christianity has to
I can't recall the story, but runes are a kind of sacred, mysterious script, berg is a town or perhaps a hill of some kind and nil is nothing. One definition I found was repository for mysterious symbols with the nil suggesting Borges denial of its import.
One thing that occurs to me is why Judas is necessary to the story at all. If the Sanhedrin wanted to get at Jesus why did they need a inside man so to speak. Surely they knew what he looked like. It would be easy to find where he was at any given time. A betrayer seems a superfluous element unless a scapegoat was necessary for dramatic balance or something. In any case it's hard to see how Judas could offer any service worth 30 pieces of silver to anyone.