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There are at least 15 references translated as "hanging" in the Bible, and usually refer more to the death display / act among several actual methods. The term "hung" is known today as hanging by rope, with said rope tied around the neck and the person suspended by the rope. Jesus was "hung" on the cross. (Crucified). 2 Samuel 17:23 (Ahithophel hung himself with a rope or thong) Now when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his donkey and arose and went to his home, to his city, and set his house in order, and strangled himself; thus he died and was buried in the grave of his father. Esther 7:10 (Haman was impaled on a 70' pole) So they hanged Haman on the gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai, and the king's anger subsided. Ezra 6:11 (here translated as impaled) And I issued a decree that any man who violates this edict, a timber shall be drawn from his house and he shall be impaled on it and his house shall be made a refuse heap on account of this. The most logical interpretation is that Judas impaled himself, in a somewhat public place.
The NIVSB says about Luke's statement in Acts 1:18 ("fell headlong") that Mt 27:5 reports that Judas hanged himself. It seems that when the body finally fell, either because of decay or because someone cut it down, it was in a decomposed condition and so broke open in the midde. This info supplements, but by no means contradicts, Mt 27:5. The 2 accounts could provide different aspects of the same episode: Judas hung himself, and his body fell and burst open on the ground.
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