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Book of Judith
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A dramatic tale of deception and assassination. It engages questions of trust and fidelity by the people of God in exile amid demoralizing social realities characterized by military, political, and religious oppression.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Judith, Book of
Judith, Book of A dramatic tale of deception and assassination. It engages questions of trust and fidelity by the people of God in exile amid demoralizing social realities characterized by military, political, and religious oppression.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Judith, Book of
JUDITH, BOOK OF. Named after its heroine (Gk Ioudith = Heb yhwdyt, “Jewess”), this book, whose central theme is “The Omnipotent Lord has foiled them by the hand of a female” (Jdt 16:5), is regarded by Jews and Protestants as apocryphal, and by Roman Catholics since the decrees of the Council of Trent
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Judith, Book of
JUDITH, BOOK OF A deuterocanonical book, named from its leading character. There is general agreement that the book was originally written in Hebrew, but it never was admitted into the Hebrew canon, although it was recognized as canonical by the third Council of Carthage (ad 397) and also by the Council
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Judith, Book Of
Judith, book of, a Greek book found in the lxx, but not in the Hebrew Bible. Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians include Judith among the deuterocanonical books of the Bible, while Protestants place the book in the Apocrypha. The book relates a tale of faith and horror in which Judith, a beautiful
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Judith, Book Of
Judith, Book ofA book relating the heroic deeds of Judith of Bethulia. Considered canonical by Roman Catholics (among the Deuterocanonicals formally declared sacred writings in 1546 at the Council of Trent) and apocryphal by Protestants, the book was listed in 397 c.e. among the works deemed authoritative
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Judith (Book of)
Judith (Book of) †A book of the Old Testament Apocrypha relating the heroic deeds of Judith of Bethulia.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Judith, Book Of
JUDITH, BOOK OF A book listed among the Historical Books in the Catholic Old Testament. The book recounts the preservation of the Israelites from conquest and ruin through the action of the heroine Judith. Its essential theme is how trust in God brings deliverance to Israel. Judith is one of the deuterocanonical
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Judith
JUDITHThe art of early Jewish storytelling rises to a new level in this literary gem. The tale narrates Judith’s single-handed deliverance of the Jewish people from an invasion by the Assyrians. Though ostensibly historical, it is clearly a fictional work. The plot moves rather slowly until Judith makes
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Judith, Book of
Judith, Book of. OT Apocryphal Book. The Book relates how Nebuchadnezzar, ‘who reigned over the Assyrians in Nineveh’ (1:1), failed to gain the support of certain nations, including the Jews, in his conflict with Arphaxad, King of the Medes, and determined to punish them by his general Holofernes (1:1–2:13).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Judith the book of
Ju´dith, The book of, one of the books of the Apocrypha, belongs to the earliest specimens of historical fiction. As to its authorship it belongs to the Maccabæan period, b.c. 175–135, which it reflects not only in its general spirit, but even in its smaller traits.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Judith
JudithJudith, a book in the Apocrypha. It is a tale of faith and horror in which Judith, the beautiful and pious widow, entices and brutally assassinates Holofernes, the Assyrian general besieging her hometown, Bethulia. The story may have been written in Hebrew in the Maccabean era and possibly reflects