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Ancient Jewish NovelsAn Anthology$
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Lawrence M. Wills

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151428

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151429.001.0001

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(p.89) Five Judith
Ancient Jewish Novels
Lawrence M. Wills
Oxford University Press

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

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