So I think that the Deuterocanon is a very valuable historical source in addition to being (and even, as a result of being) God-breathed. "Mulier sancta," she personified the Church and many virtues – Humility, Justice, Fortitude, Chastity (the opposite of Holofernes' vices Pride, Tyranny, Decadence, Lust) – and she was, like the other heroic women of the Hebrew scriptural tradition, made into a typological prefiguration of the Virgin Mary. Les deutérocanoniques ne sont pas apocryphes ! The already well established notion of Judith as an exemplum of the courage of local people against tyrannical rule from afar was given new urgency by the Assyrian nationality of Holofernes, which made him an inevitable symbol of the threatening Turks. There, Judith is a widow who lures Holofernes into her web with wiles, when she has his head in her bag she sings and jubilates with all of Israel for three months. The Greek version uses deliberately cryptic and anachronistic references such as "Nebuchadnezzar", a "King of Assyria", who "reigns in Nineveh", for the same king. [28], It has also been called "an example of the ancient Jewish novel in the Greco-Roman period. Do these “skeptics” really think it’s plausible that neither the author, nor the scribes, nor the audience knew even the basics of their own history? The Book of Judith is a deuterocanonical book, included in the Septuagint and in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian Old Testament of the Bible, but excluded by Jews and Protestants. [27] Judith's village, Bethulia (literally "virginity") is unknown and otherwise unattested to in any ancient writing. He’s one of the sons of Noah’s son Shem, and Jewish tradition associated the various peoples of the Middle East with each of the sons and grandson of Noah. The Book of Judith is a deuterocanonical book, included in the Septuagint and the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christian Old Testament of the Bible, but excluded from the Hebrew canon and assigned by Protestants to the Apocrypha. She is the daughter of Merari, a Simeonite, and widow of a certain Manasses. [27], Owing to her unwavering religious devotion, she is able to step outside of her widow's role, and dress and act in a sexually provocative manner while clearly remaining true to her ideals in the reader's mind, and her seduction and beheading of the wicked Holofernes while playing this role has been rich fodder for artists of various genres. [22], The canonicity of Judith is rejected by Protestants, who accept as the Old Testament only those books that are found in the Jewish canon. Part I, although at times tedious in its description of the military developments, develops important themes by alternating battles with reflections and rousing action with rest. "[27], Thus, the great villain is "Nebuchadnezzar, who ruled over the Assyrians" (1:1), yet the historical Nebuchadnezzar II was the king of Babylonia. In this study, we will learn why the book of Judith is included in Catholic scripture but not Protestant versions of the bible. All of this and more is spelled out by Scott Hahn in The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth. Judith's courage and charm occasion his death. The profanation of the temple (Judith 4:3) might have been that under king Hezekiah (see 2 Chronicles, xxix, 18–19), who reigned between c. 715 and 686 BC. What’s Really Going on in Judith 1:1. There would not be a Jew who wouldn’t know about the Assyrians (taking the 10 tribes of Israel away, hence the so called 'lost tribes ’ of Israel) in the 8th century Bc and the Babylonian … To which the writer of Judith would say, “Obviously.” I mean, it’s one thing for a modern Protestant to think that an ordinary reader doesn’t remember if Nebuchadnezzar was king of the Assyrians or the Babylonians, but do they honestly think that a pre-Christian diaspora Jewish audience wouldn’t catch that mistake… immediately? Judith Stone does an masterful, sensitive job with her latest book about a South African girl with brown skin and dark, curly hair born to white Afrikaner parents. General Historicity of the Deuterocanon. The Book of Judith can be split into two parts or "acts" of approximately equal length. As documented in The Book of Judith, the story goes that in the 2nd century BCE the town of Bethulia Israel was besieged by the Assyrian army and … [27] Chapters 8–16 then introduce Judith and depict her heroic actions to save her people. Thus, the presumed Sadducee author of Judith would desire to honor the great (Pharisee) Queen who tried to keep both Sadducees and Pharisees united against the common menace. Here’s the one I’ve heard most often. Click here to see the original page which contains some similar information.) When I first read Judith I was dumbfounded with how great a type of Mary Judith was. [6] Martin Luther viewed the book as an allegory, but listed it as the first of the eight writings in his Apocrypha. [27], In the Christian West from the patristic period on, Judith was invoked in a wide variety of texts as a multi-faceted allegorical figure. You can read it easily all at once tonight; I highly recommend it! True b. In other words, this is Genesis 3:15, played out throughout all of history, and brought together in a particularly beautiful way in this Book. From a literary perspective, the book is an artistic masterpiece, constructed in two parts (1:1–7:32, 8:1–16:25), with each internally ordered by a threefold chiastic pattern. LibriVox recording of The Book of Judith by King James Version (KJV). -.- –Judith an edifying read, not my comment. Anyways, those are some of my thoughts on the Book of Judith. [34], In his comparison between the Book of Judith and Assyrian history, Catholic priest and scholar Fulcran Vigouroux (1837–1915) attempts an identification of Nabuchodonosor king of Assyria with Ashurbanipal (668–627 BC) and his rival Arphaxad king of the Medes with Phraortes (665–653 BC), the son of Deioces, founder of Ecbatana. Gosh, I’ve got to be more careful when posting on this site haha. 1. At the head of all the people, she led the womenin the dance, while the men of Israel followed in their armor, wearing garlandsand singing hymns. This was interpreted by the English Protestant authorities at the time as incitement to slay Queen Elizabeth I. Dort ist Judith eine Wittwe, die den Holofernes durch List und Schlauheit in's Netz lockt; sie freut sich, als sie seinen Kopf im Sack hat und singt und jubelt vor und mit ganz Israel drei Monde lang. You wouldn’t have to be literate to know the difference between the Assyrians and the Babylonians, but presumably, the readers of Judith were that as well. The Book of Judith is a deuterocanonical book, included in the Septuagint and the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christian Old Testament of the Bible, but excluded from the Hebrew canon and assigned by Protestants to their apocrypha. [13] Jerome, when he produced his Latin translation, counted it among the apocrypha,[14] (although he changed his mind and later quoted it as scripture, and said he merely expressed the views of the Jews), as did Athanasius,[15] Cyril of Jerusalem[16] and Epiphanius of Salamis.[17]. Details of vocabulary and phrasing point to a Greek text written in a language modeled on the Greek developed thr… Holofernes, his Turtan (commanding general), is ordered to take revenge on those who refused to ally themselves with him. Hope that helps anyone confused by its sort of strange style! It is not clear whether the Book of Judith was originally written in Hebrew or in Greek. In his commentary on the book of Judith, Hrabanus raises this issue, since the book of Judith does mention a timbrel in Judith’s song. THE BOOK OF JUDITH. This is the Biblical equivalent of the famous movie line, “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” Or to take perhaps the two most traumatic events in modern Judaism, it would be like a modern Jewish source beginning, “When Hitler was the head of the Soviet Union in Moscow…” and no one noticing. Most scholars agree that the original text of Judith was written in Heb. The book contains numerous historical anachronisms, which is why some He is given the task of destroying the rebels who did not support the king of Nineveh in his resistance against Cheleud and the king of Media, until Israel also becomes a target of his military campaign. False. Sorry for the cheapnessof Copy+Paste but I didn’t see the reason to write it out again. In so many ways. The relevant passage is as follows ( chapter 16, verse 4 ): Certain people say that a timbrel ( tympanum ) is a musical instrument, “like two cones with only the points joined together; the sonorous reverberation is from the hide stretched over them. Evidence for this is found in the many Hebraisms in language and ideas and from errors in tr. Das ist gemein; eine solche Natur ist ihres Erfolgs gar nicht würdig [...]. In other words, this is a triumph of all faithful women in Israel and, as can be seen by their gallant followers, all faithful men, as well. However, what matters the most is the eternal appeal of the drama presented in the story’s narrative. The Hebrew versions name important figures directly such as the Seleucid king Antiochus IV Epiphanes, thus placing the events in the Hellenistic period when the Maccabees battled the Seleucid monarchs. Your email address will not be published. While we see elements of previous Old Testament women, such as Esther, Deborah, and particularly Jael (from Judges 4-5), in these accounts, they’re about faithful women generally. It is by way of admonition that he chastises those who are close to him.” Judith, better than virtually anyone before or since, understands that God desires to be Father, not simply Master. Judith is a didactic novel. It was the twelfth year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Assyrians in the great city of Nineveh. Marc-Antoine Charpentier has composed, Judith sive Bethulia liberata H.391, oratorio for soloists, chorus, 2 flutes, strings, and continuo (? The two conceptual poles represented by these works will inform much of Judith's subsequent history. False. In fact, the density of types contained in this short book, combined with the New Testament truth that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant, is proof to Protestants that Mary is more than just., well, ‘Protestant Mary’. He is the first one to recognize Holofernes' head brought by Judith in the city, and also the first one to praise God. This is a book about struggling your entire life with hating your body. Presumably, He wasn’t duped by some fictitious pseudo-history. In the case of the Book of Judith, Biblical scholar Gabriele Boccaccini,[38] identified Nebuchadnezzar with Tigranes the Great (140–56 BC), a powerful King of Armenia who, according to Josephus and Strabo, conquered all of the lands identified by the Biblical author in Judith. It also reinforced the importance of being true to the Mosaic Law. The name Judith (Hebrew: .mw-parser-output .script-hebrew,.mw-parser-output .script-Hebr{font-family:"SBL Hebrew","SBL BibLit","Frank Ruehl CLM","Taamey Frank CLM","Ezra SIL","Ezra SIL SR","Keter Aram Tsova","Taamey Ashkenaz","Taamey David CLM","Keter YG","Shofar","David CLM","Hadasim CLM","Simple CLM","Nachlieli",Cardo,Alef,"Noto Serif Hebrew","Noto Sans Hebrew","David Libre",David,"Times New Roman",Gisha,Arial,FreeSerif,FreeSans}יְהוּדִית‎, Modern: Yehudit, Tiberian: Yəhûḏîṯ, "Praised" or "Jewess") is the feminine form of Judah. Sirach is an example of an early Jewish apocalypse. It is not clear whether the Book of Judith was originally written in Hebrew or in Greek. But like I’ve said, this wasn’t just Scripture, it was history. He is the first one who discovers Holofernes' beheading. The book of Judith is a fine work of art and its message clear and true. [citation needed]. True. Indeed, at the end she doubted … ** I don’t want to get too off topic by delving into Revelation, given the length and complexity of this post already. [5][9], In that respect, Medieval Jewry appears to have viewed Judith as the Hasmonean counterpart to Queen Esther, the heroine of the holiday of Purim. But I think that it’s safe to say that no one contends that Jesus viewed the Babylonian Talmud as binding? Like Tobit, Judith is a deuterocanonical book. The sacred writer of this Book is generally believed to be the high priest Eliachim, (called also Joachim.) He is a devout soldier of his king, whom he wants to see exalted in all lands. At that time Arphaxad ruled over the Medes in Ecbatana. [8], That midrash, whose heroine is portrayed as gorging the enemy on cheese and wine before cutting off his head, may have formed the basis of the minor Jewish tradition to eat dairy products during Hanukkah. English playwright Howard Barker examined the Judith story and its aftermath, first in the scene "The Unforeseen Consequences of a Patriotic Act", as part of his collection of vignettes, The Possibilities. The territory of Judean occupation includes the territory of Samaria, something which was possible in Maccabean times only after John Hyrcanus reconquered those territories. Holofernes, the enemy of God’s people, whom she kills by striking the head! The Book of Judith. The fictional nature "is evident from its blending of history and fiction, beginning in the very first verse, and is too prevalent thereafter to be considered as the result of mere historical mistakes. ^^Copied my comment on a YouTube video in which a priest was giving a sermon. This is generally untrue. 30 (Open Book Publishers 2010). 34. Lord, God of heaven, behold their arrogance! THE BOOK OF JUDITH INTRODUCTION. Arthur Honegger composed an oratorio, Judith, in 1925 to a libretto by René Morax. You might as well think that the author of Revelation 11:8 really thought that Jesus died in Sodom, Egypt. is an imaginative, highly fictionalized, romance that entertains as it edifies. I’m sorry but this book got me all excited It’s such a dense set of types of Mary, foreshadowing virtually every aspect of what she would be like/be as a person. a. (see the material given by T. W. Davies, ISBE, III, p. 1780). [citation needed], The character of Judith is larger than life, and she has won a place in Jewish and Christian lore, art, poetry and drama. [27], The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha identifies a clear chiastic pattern in both "acts", in which the order of events is reversed at a central moment in the narrative (i.e., abcc'b'a'). [35], As argued by Vigouroux, the two battles mentioned in the Septuagint version of the Book of Judith are a reference to the clash of the two empires in 658–657 and to Phraortes' death in battle in 653, after which Ashurbanipal continued his military actions with a large campaign starting with the Battle of the Ulaya River (652 BC) on the 18th year of this Assyrian king. For Elam left behind him the Elamites, the ancestors of the Persians. Also, Michelangelo depicts the scene in multiple aspects in one of the Pendentives, or four spandrels on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Campaign against Bethulia; the people want to surrender (7:6–32), A'. After a chance meeting with artist Judith Snow, a woman with quadriplegia, Matthew believes he has “seen the light” and been transformed. That guy was king of the Babylonians. "[5], Although the text itself does not mention Hanukkah, it became customary for a Hebrew midrashic variant of the Judith story to be read on the Shabbat of Hanukkah as the story of Hanukkah takes place during the time of the Hasmonean dynasty. A full hour in length, it was one of the earliest feature films made in the United States. | +†+Yesus Kristus azu+†+, Über schwierige Bibelstellen, Teil 3: Über Historizität, Genres und „wörtlich gemeint“ | Nolite Timere. But suffice it to say this: the Church has historically understood that Revelation deals with specific historical events (Nero’s persecutions, the destruction of the Second Temple, etc. Les Livres Saints et La Critique Rationaliste, iv, 4th ed. [4][5], The Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible does not contain it, nor was it found among the Dead Sea Scrolls or referred to in any early Rabbinic literature. 14 Give me constancy in my mind, that I may *despise him*: and fortitude that I may overthrow him. That being said, despite the overall air of negativity to this memoir I still found it extremely relatable. I. [24], Judith is also referred to in chapter 28 of 1 Meqabyan, a book considered canonical in the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.[25]. In medieval Christian art, the predominance of church patronage assured that Judith's patristic valences as "Mulier Sancta" and Virgin Mary prototype would prevail: from the 8th-century frescoes in Santa Maria Antigua in Rome through innumerable later bible miniatures. Judith, the heroine of the book. She goes with her loyal maid to the camp of the enemy general, Holofernes, with whom she slowly ingratiates herself, promising him information on the Israelites. Not for vengeance did the Lord put them in the crucible to try their hearts, nor has he done so with us. True b. Arphaxad named the Arphaxadites, who are now called Chaldeans. (Note: This page was mistakenly created however it does have more information than the other one on Judith. A: Consider the situation: The book of Judith is about a devout woman named Judith… Read in English by ancientchristian The Book of Judith is included in the Septuagint (the Greek form of the Old Testament) and has been retained in Catholic and Orthodox Christian Bibles, but was eventually excluded from the Hebrew canon and assigned by Protestants to their apocrypha. mid-1670s) and Sébastien de Brossard, a cantate Judith. …so what did the author mean by Nebuchadnezzar King of The Assyrians? The Book of Judith begins, “It was the twelfth year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Assyrians in the great city of Nineveh. “Open, open the gate [the womb—Ezek 44:2]! The Italian Renaissance poet Lucrezia Tornabuoni chose Judith as one of the five subjects of her poetry on biblical figures. For Elam left behind him the Elamites, the ancestors of the Persians. [27], The first extant commentary on The Book of Judith is by Hrabanus Maurus (9th century). Modern scholars argue in favor of a 2nd–1st century context for the Book of Judith, understanding it as a sort of roman à clef, i.e. Thenceforth her presence in medieval European literature is robust: in homilies, biblical paraphrases, histories and poetry. 1. Nebuchadnezzar takes revenge (Book of Judith 1-7:32)There is a war between two ancient kings, Nebuchadnezzar and Arphaxad – see Bad Men in the Bible: Nebuchadnezzar for information about Babylon and its king.. At the start of this war Nebuchadnezzar orders all the city states in surrounding kingdoms to send him a levy of soldiers, but they flout his command. The sacred writer of this Book is generally believed to be the high priest Eliachim, (called also Joachim.) Does anyone think that the Diaspora Jews (or anyone) was that dumb? Croatian poet and humanist Marko Marulić also wrote an epic on Judith's story in 1501, the Judita. a. Judith is a book of the Bible that is meant to be enjoyed. The Weakness of the Argument Against Judith 1:1. [37] As a typical policy of the time, all leadership was thus transferred in the hands of the High Priest of Israel in charge, which was Joakim in this case (Judith 4:6). It is by way of admonition that he chastises those who are close to him, All the women of Israel gathered to see her; and they blessed her and, You are the glory of Jerusalem, the surpassing joy of Israel; you are the splendid boast of our people, ** I don’t want to get too off topic by delving into Revelation, given the length and complexity of this post already. One final note on the Book’s Marian imagery; a line from Judith 15:9: “You are the glory of Jerusalem, the surpassing joy of Israel; you are the splendid boast of our people,” has historically been applied to Mary in Church liturgies. Biblical paraphrases, histories and poetry Livres Saints et La Critique Rationaliste, iv, 4th.! 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