Why do the stories about Judas Iscariot’s suicide differ so much from Matthew 27 to Acts 1? Matthew shows Judas returning the silver coins and then hanging himself. The authorities will not reclaim the money but do use it to buy the Potter’s Field to bury the indigent (Matthew). Luke quotes Peter in Acts 1 as saying Judas used the money to buy the field himself, rather than return it and then going to throw himself down, obviously off something tall, so hard his intestines burst out and he died, after which someone buried him in the Potter’s Field.
Matthew and Peter do not agree on details. Which one is right? I don’t know.
Does the Bible contain errors? Yes, it does. One of these fellows has it wrong, either Matthew or Peter or Luke who writes down Peter’s sermon.
Catch your breath.
In fact, the Bible contains historically accurate information on the occurrences, as Matthew remembers them and as Luke hears that Peter tells them. The information Matthew has is correct as he knows it. The information Peter has and Luke gets from him is correct, as they know it. The presentation of two sets of "facts" does not lessen the historical authority of the Scripture. It does say we have to be open to study, new finds and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Iscariot fell to a violent, self-inflicted death after his betrayal of the Christ. He was buried in an abandoned day laborers pit bought with the proceeds of his betrayal. On these statements, the two agree.
Consider it the seriousness with which Holy Writ is recorded that the writers, separated by great distances of space and time, did not not try to rewrite their history. They went with what they heard, thought, knew.