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Old Testament Notes
Judith and Holofernes
story of Judith and Holofernes can be found in apocryphal Book of Judith.
Judith, a rich and beautiful widow from the town of Bethulia, was respected
for her devotion to God. The Assyrian army under commander Holofernes besieged
Bethulia. Judith came to the Assyrian camp. She managed to deceive Holofernes
with a false report about the situation in the besieged town. Invited to
a private party with Holofernes, she waited until he got drunk and chopped
his head off. She brought the head to Bethulia. Next day Bethulian soldiers,
armed with the head of the enemy’s commander, managed to drive them away.
See: Botticelli Judith's
Return to Bethulia; Discovery
of the Body of Holofernes.
Lucas Cranach the Elder Judith
with the Head of Holofernes; Judith
Dining with Holofernes, Judith
Gustav Klimt. Judith and Holopherne.
Andrea Mantegna. Judith
Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto. Judith
and Holofernes. Judith