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Judith

Edited by Lawrence M. Wills

in Ancient Jewish Novels

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151428
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151429.003.0005
 Judith

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An introduction and translation of Judith, one of the books of the Old Testament Apocrypha. Judith is a heroine who chops off the head of Holofernes, the general of Nebuchadnezzar, thus saving Jerusalem from his attacking armies. She is a pious widow who lives a life of prayer and penitence; her example is also transitional to asceticism. This satire includes the motifs of irony, penitence and prayer, competition of ethnic groups, the role of women, and the construction of gender.

Keywords: ethnic groups; irony; Judith; Old Testament Apocrypha; prayer; satire; women

Chapter.  11580 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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