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* VillainousCrush: Holofernes has one on Judith, natch.


* GoOutWithASmile: According to The Message Catholic Edition interpretation, Holofernes died with a drunken smile on his face.


* ExactWords: When Holofernes asks Judith if she could give a "trustworthy report" about the Judeans in Bethulia, Judith responds, "I will say nothing false to my lord," with Holofernes not realizing that she meant she will say nothing false to her true Lord, who is God.

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* ExactWords: ExactWords[=/=]LoopholeAbuse: When Holofernes asks Judith if she could give a "trustworthy report" about the Judeans in Bethulia, Judith responds, "I will say nothing false to my lord," with Holofernes not realizing that she meant she will say nothing false to her true Lord, who is God.

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* FatalFlaw: Holofernes' lust towards Judith is a literal example, as it allows her to kill him.


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* HeadTurningBeauty: The Assyrians can barely focus on what Judith is saying, as she's so beautiful they're too busy gaping and admiring her. One of them muses it would be a good idea to totally wipe the Hebrew people before they can seduce the whole world.

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* GenreSavvy: Achior the Ammonite warns Holofernes the Jews won't lose the war as long as they don't offend God.


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* GoingNative: After being shown Holofernes' head and learning how Judith killed him, Achior the Ammonite decides to convert and is accepted as a Jew.


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* SheCleansUpNicely: Being a widow, Judith covers herself with rags and ashes. When she decides to go and kill Holofernes, she bathes and puts a beautiful dress with adornments on. Everyone who see her is immediately struck dumb by her beauty.


One of the apocryphal books that is not included in the Jewish and Protestant canons of the Old Testament. In the story, the people of Judea are held up in the mountain city of Bethulia by the Assyrian army led by Holofernes and are being starved to death or possible surrender unless God intervenes. Judith, a widow, becomes the hero by just walking into the Assyrian camp and alluring Holofernes with her charms long enough to behead him and weaken the Assyrian forces so that the Judeans could defeat them.

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One of the apocryphal books that is not included in the Jewish and Protestant canons of the Old Testament.Testament, though it does appear in the Greek Septuagint. In the story, the people of Judea are held up in the mountain city of Bethulia by the Assyrian army led by Holofernes and are being starved to death or possible surrender unless God intervenes. Judith, a widow, becomes the hero by just walking into the Assyrian camp and alluring Holofernes with her charms long enough to behead him and weaken the Assyrian forces so that the Judeans could defeat them.

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!!Structure of the book:
* Introduction to Nebuchadnezzar and his campaign against Arphaxad (Judith chapter 1)
* The war against the western peoples begins (Judith chapters 2 and 3)
* Israel's turn (Judith 4:1-5:4)
* Achior is introduced (Judith 5:4-6:21)
* War against Bethulia (Judith chapter 7)
* Judith is introduced (Judith 8:1-8)
* Judith's plan to save Bethulia (Judith 8:9-9:14)
* Judith carries out her plan (Judith chapters 10 to 13)
* What happens after Holofernes' death (Judith chapters 14 and 15)
* Song of Judith (Judith 16:1-17)
* End of Judith's life (Judith 16:18-25)

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: King Arphaxad's death was by being stabbed with spears by King Nebuchadnezzar after being captured by his forces, as mentioned in Chapter 1.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: King Arphaxad's death was by being stabbed with spears by King Nebuchadnezzar after being captured by his forces, as mentioned in Chapter 1. Also the promised fate of Achior the Ammonite by Holofernes should the two of them ever meet again in battle, as stated in Chapter 6, though this was never carried out.


* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: King Arphaxad's death was by being stabbed with spears by King Nebuchadnezzar after being captured by his force, as mentioned in Chapter 1.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: King Arphaxad's death was by being stabbed with spears by King Nebuchadnezzar after being captured by his force, forces, as mentioned in Chapter 1.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: King Arphaxad's death was by being stabbed with spears by King Nebuchadnezzar after being captured by his force, as mentioned in Chapter 1.


* SacredHospitality: The people of Bethulia welcomed Achior the Ammonite when he was cast among them by Holofernes to suffer the same fate as them when he told Holofernes that if the Judeans were obedient to God, then they would be unassailable, and that only by getting them to sin against God would weaken their defenses to the point of being captured.

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* SacredHospitality: The people of Bethulia welcomed Achior the Ammonite when he was cast among them by Holofernes to suffer the same fate as them when he told Holofernes that if the Judeans were obedient to God, then they would be unassailable, and that only by getting them to sin against God would weaken their defenses weaken to the point of being captured.


* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Nobody knows where exactly Bethulia was in the region of Israel, if it even existed.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Nobody knows where exactly Bethulia was in the region of Israel, if it even existed. Some Bible students speculate that Bethulia was another name for Jerusalem, the capital of the region of Judea.

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* GodTest: In Chapter 8, Judith upbraids the people of Bethulia for putting God to the test by demanding Him to deliver water to the city in five days or else they would surrender to the Assyrians, telling them that God is free to choose whether He will help them or not.


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* SacredHospitality: The people of Bethulia welcomed Achior the Ammonite when he was cast among them by Holofernes to suffer the same fate as them when he told Holofernes that if the Judeans were obedient to God, then they would be unassailable, and that only by getting them to sin against God would weaken their defenses to the point of being captured.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Besides the anachronism of King Nebuchadnezzar being the king of Assyria when he wasn't, the story also assumes to have taken place after the Jews have returned from their Babylonian exile, which according to history as defined in basic Scripture canon is after the Assyrian Empire and the Babylonian Empire have both been vanquished, thus its possible RomanAClef status.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Nobody knows where exactly Bethulia was in the region of Israel, if it even existed.

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