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.
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