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Jewish Apocalyptic Literature: Book of Judith

Specific Approaches, Passages, and Themes

Book of Judith

Judith tells the story of a beautiful Jewish widow who enters the tent of an invading Assyrian general, gets him drunk, and then slices off his head, thus saving her village and Jerusalem. This short novella was somewhat surprisingly included in the early Christian versions of the Old Testament and has played an important role in the Western tradition ever since.

General Resources

Translations and Commentaries