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Catholic Word of the Day: JUDITH, 01-01-15
CCDictionary ^ | 01-01-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 01/01/2015 10:12:41 AM PST by Salvation

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The name means "Jewess." She is the heroine of the Book of Judith, which is a historical romance (Judith 7). The details of a great battle are impressive, but the purpose of the book is mainly didactic. When the terrified Israelites were awaiting invasion and annihilation by Nebuchadnezzar's great army under its general, Holofernes, the beautiful, ingenious Judith, inspired by Yahweh, visited the Assyrian camp, dazzled the general with her beauty and eloquence, and during the night killed and beheaded him. In the ensuing battle, the demoralized Assyrians were vanquished and Judith became a national heroine (Judith 10-13). It is an inspiring story to teach the Israelites the importance of depending on Yahweh when catastrophe threatens.

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: bible; catholic
A deuterocanonical book, included in the Septuagint and the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christian Old Testament of the Bible.
1 posted on 01/01/2015 10:12:41 AM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 01/01/2015 10:17:36 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Judy! Judy! Judy!.

Sorry, couldn't help myself. :)

3 posted on 01/01/2015 10:28:27 AM PST by defconw (If not now, WHEN?)
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Passages from the Book of Judith are often used in the lectionary on Marian feasts. I noticed most recently on Dec. 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

4 posted on 01/01/2015 3:25:11 PM PST by Tax-chick (Our God is King!)
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To: Tax-chick

Sweet! Good to know!

5 posted on 01/01/2015 6:43:20 PM PST by defconw (If not now, WHEN?)
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